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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Entries Tagged as 'Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches'

Of Julie & Julia and Evil-Minded Girls (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

January 4th, 2010 · No Comments · 1787-88, Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Der Kanarienvogel, Il trionfono delle donne, Julie & Julia, K599, K600, K601, K602, K603, K604, K605, K606, K607, K609, K610, Les Filles malicieuses, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Salizburg (Summer 1783), Vienna (February 12 1791), Vienna (February 28 1791), Vienna (February 5 1791), Vienna (January 23 1791), Vienna (January 29 1791), Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

As I sit here this evening, my cat is draped over the arm of our couch, resting his head on my leg as well as the right side of my laptop. I hope I’m not inconveniencing him with my typing. My wife sits to my left, watching the movie Julie & Julia which I bought [...]

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Of Even Stiffer Necks and More Dancing Germans (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

January 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Contredanses, Der Sieg vom Helden Koburg, German Dances, K106/588a, K571, K585, K586, K587, Minuets, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Vienna (December 1789), Vienna (February 21 1789), Vienna (January 1790), Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

Today’s CD contains one of Mozart’s last Contredanses, Overture & 3 Contredanses, K106/588a, which were composed in Vienna in January of 1790. Mozart was 34. He only lived to be 35. There’s another interesting title in today’s compositions: “Der Sieg vom Helden Koburg.” That translates from German to English as “The victory of the hero [...]

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Of Stiff Necks and German Dances (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

January 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Contredanses, German Dances, K509, K534 "Das Donnerwetter", K535 "La Bataille", K535a, K536, K567, K568, Minuets, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Percussion, Prague (February 6 1787), Vienna (December 24 1788), Vienna (December 6 1788), Vienna (early 1788), Vienna (January 14 1788), Vienna (January 23 1788), Vienna (January 27 1788), Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

There are a number of interesting aspects to today’s selection of music. But first, I must mention the fall I took this morning in the parking lot. Glare ice. Both legs came up. I landed flat on my back, slightly favoring my right side. Consequently, by night’s end I am in a great deal of [...]

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Of New Years and Old Dances (Serenades and Marches, Box 2)

January 1st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Contredanses, Count Czernin, K101, K214, K267/271c, K269b, K300, K363, K408, K461/448a, K464/448b, K464/448c, KApp. 103/299d, La Chasse, Minuets, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 32, Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

The year 2010 is off to a great start. No, seriously. I’m not being sarcastic. I mean it. So far, so good. There’s really nothing outstanding I can report about today’s minuets. They’re all good, which is to say none of them stand out to me. Well, that’s not completely true. There is one composition [...]

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Of Year’s End and Tea Parties (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments · Boston Tea Party, Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, K164/130a, K176, K315g/315a, K61h, Minuets, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 17, Salzburg (1771-72), Salzburg (December 1773), Salzburg (June 1772), Salzburg (late 1773), Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

Some time during the cold, dark days of December, 1773, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed 16 Minuets (K176), the very ones to which I listen at 7:15 on this cold, dark December morning nearly two and a half centuries later. After eating my Asiago bagel (sliced and toasted) with cream cheese, and cupping my chilly hands [...]

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Of Cold Hands and Many Minuets (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments · 1769-70, Bologna (Spring 1770), Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Contredanses, Ensemble (definition), Minuets, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 16, Rome (April 14 1770), Salzburg (1769), Salzburg (1772), Salzburg (Autumn 1770), Salzburg (Early 1770), Salzburg (January 26 1769), Vienna State Opera, Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky

It’s 6:40 a.m. I’m back at Panera Bread, sitting in my new “usual” spot, a square table pushed up against the wall-to-ceiling windows on the east side of the building. I’m freezing my ass off. Today starts a new chapter in Mozart music – Dances. It also marks the beginning of a few CDs with [...]

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Of Hot Dogs and Posthorns (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, K320, K335/320a No. 1, K335/320a No. 2, March in D, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 24, Mozart: the man and the artist revealed in his own words, Posthorn (definition), Salzburg (August 1780), Salzburg (August 3 1779), Serenade in D "Posthorn", Sir Neville Marriner

Tonight, my wife and I staged “dog wars” – a competition between the hot dog and drink combos of Sam’s Club and Costco. Each was $1.50. Each includes an all-beef hot dog and a drink. Which hot-dog combination would win the coveted prize as The Best? First stop was Sam’s Club. Their hot-dog combo meal [...]

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Of Raw Oysters and Happy Haffners (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Andantino (definition), Assai (definition), Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Conrad Wilson, K249, K250/248/b "Haffner", March in D, Marcia Davenport, Minuet (definition), Molto (definition), Mozart at 20, Notes on Mozart, Salzburg (July 20 1776), Salzburg (June 1776), Serenade in D, Sir Neville Marriner

Mozart was 20 when he wrote one of his most famous serenades, Serenade in D, K250/248b, also known as “Haffner,” for the Haffner family for whom he composed it. The “Haffner” Serenade is exquisite, rich, textured, melodic, triumphant, and just plain pretty. From the book Mozart by Marcia Davenport, comes this background on the “Haffner” [...]

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Of Day Trippers and Night Musics (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Beatles, Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Day Tripper, Death of Leopold, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, John Lennon, K185/167a, K189/167b, K525, March in D, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 31, Paul McCartney, Serenade in D, Serenade in G, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (August 10 1787), Vienna (July-August 1773)

Ear candy. A melody so catchy that it burrows into the brain and stays there – forever. The Beatles were masters of this. They could pack more melody, emotion, lyrical wit, and astonishing musicianship into 2:53 like no music group on the planet. Most of the songs on their album Revolver attest to this. Give [...]

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Of Falling Snow and Serenata Notturnas (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, K203/189b, K237/189c, K239, March in D, Michigan (USA), Mozart at 18, Mozart at 20, Patrick Kavanaugh, Salzburg (August 1774), Salzburg (January 1776), Serenata notturna, Sir Neville Marriner, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers

So, now is snows! It’s a good thing the Christmas season lasts until New Years. Bing Crosby would have been able to croon his tune today for sure. While I sat inside, working, I watched the snow fall steadily all day. It’s pretty out there, warm in here, and a picture-perfect late-December day in Michigan. [...]

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