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 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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