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 'March in D'

Of Starship Captains and Plucked Strings (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, K334, K445, March in D, Mozart at 24, Pizzicato (definition), Salzburg (Summer 1780), Sir Neville Marriner, Spock, Will Riker

I tried really hard to get into Star Trek: The Next Generation. But I was raised on Captain Kirk, not Captain Picard. To me, Kirk is the quintessential starship captain, a real man’s man. A kind of Hemingway-like adventurer as much a womanizer as he is a brawler. And give me Spock over Will Riker [...]

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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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Of Gray Christmases and Fourth Letters (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Adagio (definition), Allegro (definition), Andante (definition), Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Jeremy J. Beadle, K204/213a, K215/213b, K285, March in D, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Notturno in D for 4 Orchestras, Salzburg (August 1775), Salzburg (August 5 1775), Serenade in D, Sir Neville Marriner, Virgin Guide to Classical Music

Christmas Day. After a fun morning of opening stockings, taking lots of pictures, laughing at our cat (who loves tearing bows off presents and romping in the spent wrapping paper), watching the Bill Murray movie Scrooged, and eating amazing blueberry pancakes and crispy-to-the-point-of-shards bacon, we gathered at my Mom’s house for dinner with my brothers [...]

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Of Christmas Eve and Egg Nog (Serenades and Dances, Box 2)

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 2: Serenades Dances Marches, Cassation, Cassation in G, K100/62a, K62, K63, March in D, Mozart at 13, Salzburg (Summer 1769), Serenade in D, Sir Neville Marriner

I didn’t think it was possible. But CD 2 kind of bored me. Oh, not so’s you’d notice. And not to the point of tears. But nothing really reached out and grabbed me. In all fairness to Wolfgang, today was a busy day, what with it being Christmas Eve and all. My wife and I [...]

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