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 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 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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