180 Days With Mozart And Me

A Survey Of The Philips Complete Mozart Edition…From Symphonies Through Theatre And Ballet Music

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Of Stones Lost and Musics Masonic (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Alexander Commercials, Andreas Schmidt, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Embrace Life TV Ad, Hans Peter Blochwitz, K148, K429, K468, K471, K477, K483, K484, K546, K619, K623, K623a, Lapis, Mannerchor des Rundfunkchores Leipzig, Mindfulness, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Peter Schreier, Salzburg (1772-6 or Vienna 1784), Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna (1785-91), Vienna (April 20 1785), Vienna (date and year unknown), Vienna (December 1785-January 1786), Vienna (July 1791), Vienna (July-November 1785), Vienna (June 26 1788), Vienna (March 26 1785), Vienna (November 1791 origin doubtful), Writing Music

I lost my little blue stone yesterday. For the past year, I carried a small lapis in my pocket. It wasn’t particularly valuable. Lapis is a semi-precious stone. I think it cost me $5 at a local New Age-type store. But I considered it priceless. (Or I thought I did.) I bought it because I [...]

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Of Shuffles and Sopranos (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Aspera, Bohemian Rhapsody, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Brett Rosenberg, Dagmar Schellenberger-Ernst, Dave Brubeck, Dream Theater, Eberhard Buchner, Glenn Miller, Grateful Dead, Half Light, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Illusion Suite, Isabella Nawe, K127, K141, K143, K198, K222, K260, K273, K276, K277, K322, K323, Manheim (January-February 1778), Moonsorrow, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Munich (Early 1775), Queen, Rosemarie Lang, Rundfunk - Sinfonia - Orchestra Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (1776), Salzburg (1777), Salzburg (1779), Salzburg (late 1769), Salzburg (late 1773), Salzburg (May 1772), Salzburg (September 9 1777), Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss, Ute Selbig, Vienna (1787-9)

I don’t know what’s different about today’s music. But it grabbed me by the lapels, shook me out of my slumber, and made me want to know who’s singing. Regina coeli in B flat, K.127, especially Movements 2-4, amazed me. The soprano was doing a lot of vocal gymnastics, which I don’t normally like in [...]

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“I Don’t Care For This” (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

March 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Herbert Kegel, K109, K243, K321, Litaniae de BMV (Lauretanae), Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 23, Progressive Rock, Renate Frank-Reinecke, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Vesperae solennes de Dominica

My dad used to say a certain phrase whenever he encountered something he didn’t like, be it food or music or movies or weather or whatever: “I don’t care for this.” Or, “I don’t care for that.” It got to be a family joke to say, “I don’t care for it.” That’s how I feel [...]

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Of Steaks and Sonatas (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Church Sonatas 1-12, Daniel Chorzempa, Deutsche Bachsolisten, Going For the One, Helmut Winschermann, K144, K145, K212, K224, K225, K241, K244, K245, K263, K67, K68, K69, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 24, Organ Sonatas 1-12, Panera Bread, Salzburg (1772), Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (April 1776), Salzburg (December 1776), Salzburg (early 1780), Salzburg (January 1776), Salzburg (July 1775), Yes

This is going to be a great day. A couple of days ago, Elisabeth and I bought two three-pound, two-and-a-half-inch-thick Porterhouse steaks from a local meat market. I kid you not. Six pounds of beef. The biggest, best-looking steaks I’ve ever laid eyes on. I took pictures of them, holding one up to Bradbury, our [...]

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Of More Comments No (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Armin Ude, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Dresdner Philharmonie, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K258, K262, Marga Schiml, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1776)

No comment. Here is what I didn’t listen to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only [...]

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Of Comments No (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · 1775-6, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Gerhard Eder, K220, K317, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 23, Peter Jelosits, Salzburg (March 23 1779), Solisten der Wiener Sangerknaben, Uwe Christian Harrer, Wiener Sangerknaben - Chorus Viennensis, Wiener Symphoniker

No comment. Here is what I didn’t listen to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only [...]

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Of Likes and Dislikes (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Celestina Casapietra, Clifford Grant, Gillian Knight, Helen Donath, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, John Alldis Choir, K192, K257, London Symphony Orchestra, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 20, Peter Schreier, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Ryland Davies, Salzburg (June 24 1774), Salzburg (November 1776), Sir Colin Davis

I think I know what the problem is. Choir-based compositions sound more alike than instrumental compositions. In other words, when the music is no longer the primary focus, my mind has less to grab onto when I listen to vocal music. Every composition sounds the same to me. Oh, there’s a different soprano here, a [...]

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Of Blah Days and Unheard Music (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Celestina Casapietra, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K139, K259, Missa brevis in C, Missa brevis in F, Missa solemnis in C minor, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Orgelsolo-Messe, Peter Schreier, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (December 1775 or 1776), Vienna (Autumn 1768), Waisenhaus-Messe

I can’t tell you how disinterested I am in today’s music. I don’t know what it is. I feel blah. Worse, I feel queasy. And the time it takes me to write each blog doesn’t make me feel any better. There are new names associated with today’s music, too: Celestina Casapietra, soprano, Annelies Burmeister, contralto, [...]

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Of Writing Music and…Meh (Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Box 6)

February 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Beaux Arts Trio, Box 6: Quintets Quartets Trios, K502, K542, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 22, Piano Trio in B flat, Piano Trio in E, Vienna (June 17 1788), Vienna (November 18 1786)

Once again, I don’t have much to say about today’s compositions. I listened to them on repeat from 6am until 10:30am. They were all swell, nicely performed, lively, fun. Very Mozartean. But none of them particularly moved me or inspired me. I was impressed with the piano work, especially in Movement 3 (Allegro) of Piano [...]

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Of Keys of Largo and Keys of B (Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Box 6)

February 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Beaux Arts Trio, Box 6: Quintets Quartets Trios, Edward G Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, John Huston, K254, K496, Key Largo, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 30, Piano Trio (Divertimento) in B flat, Piano Trio in G, Salzburg (August 1776), Vienna (July 8 1786)

We saw another classic movie on the big screen this evening: Key Largo, the 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore. It was directed by John Huston. What a cast! What an incredible movie! As remarkable as Bogie is he’s almost overshadowed in the film by Robinson or Barrymore. [...]

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