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 'Mozart at 28'

Of Chicks-fil-A and Odds and Ends (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 12th, 2010 · No Comments · 1784, Bloomington Indiana, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Chick-fil-A, Dalai Lama, K422, K430, L'oca del Cairo, Lo sposo deluso, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Vienna (1783)

Bloomington, Indiana, is a great city. The architecture of the campus is impressive. There are lots of trees. And interesting stores. And Chick-fil-A. Oh, yes. Chick-fil-A. We don’t have Chick-fil-A restaurants in Michigan. Well, I think we have one in a college campus near Detroit. But nothing in the rest of Michigan, and certainly nothing [...]

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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 Small Thoughts and Whole Lives (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Allegro in B flat, Allegro in C, Allegro in F, Allegro in G minor, Andante in C, Box 9: Piano Music, Capriccio in C, Fugue in G minor, Harpsichord, How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life!, K1/1e, K1a, K1b, K1c, K1d, K1f, K2, K3, K312, K33B, K394, K395, K399, K4, K400, K401, K408 No 1, K453a, K460, K5, K5a, K94, Kleiner Trauermarsch in C minor, Ludwig Wittgenstein, March in C, Marcia Davenport, Minuet in C, Minuet in D, Minuet in F, Minuet in G, Movement in F, Mozart at 10, Mozart at 13, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Mozart at 5, Mozart at 6, Mozart at 8, Prelude & Fugue in C, Rabbit hole, Steve Reich, Strangeness of the Ordinary, Suite in C, Theme & 2 Variations in A, Tini Mathot, Ton Koopman, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

I’ve always wondered what music composed by a five year old sounds like. Now I know. Mozart was five when he composed some of the music on this CD. In other words, a few of the selections today start at K1. K1! All of the music on this CD was composed for and played by [...]

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Of Misty Mornings and Mostly Mozart (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 13th, 2010 · 6 Comments · 10 Variations in G, Allegretto in 12 Variations in B flat, B Schack, Bob Newhart Show, Box 9: Piano Music, CW Gluck, David Helfgott, Dick Van Dyke Show, Eight Variations in F, Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding, F Gerl, Ingrid Haebler, JP Duport, K455, K500, K573, K613, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 35, Newhart, Nine Variations in D, Panera Bread, Potsdam, Potsdam (April 29 1789), Sarah Michelle Gellar, Shine, Unser dummer Pöbel meint, Vienna (August 25 1784), Vienna (March 1791), Vienna (September 12 1786), X-Files

On the way to get my favorite table at Panera Bread this damp, misty morning, I heard on the radio that people who don’t get seven or eight hours of sleep per night are considered “sleep deprived.” Seven or eight hours? Hell, I haven’t had that much sleep in years! Because I’m not tired at [...]

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Of Familiar and Fantasia (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Box 9: Piano Music, Fantasia (definition), Fantasia in C minor, International Music Score Library Project, John Cage, K332, K333, K457, K475, Linz (1783), Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Piano Sonata No 12, Piano Sonata No 13, Piano Sonata No 14, Progressive Rock, Salzburg (1783), Vienna (May 20 1785), Vienna (October 14 1784)

Today’s CD is chock-full of nuance, variations – both subtle and overt – in tempo, mood, and style. The music is perfect for casual listening, as well as active study. Plus, it contains a “fantasia,” which is always interesting – sort of like listening to a piano work by John Cage. One never knows what [...]

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Of Lost Cords and Lovely Klaviers (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · An Education (movie), Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Juliette Greco, K454, K481, K526, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 31, Sonata in A, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in E flat, Vienna (April 21 1784), Vienna (August 24 1787), Vienna (December 12 1785), Walter Klien

I arrived at Panera Bread at 6 this morning only to discover some guy had beaten me to “my” table. “No worries,” I thought. “I’ll just get another one. The place is empty. I can pick any table I want.” So I did, thinking very highly of myself for being so amenable. Then I discovered [...]

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Of Missed Loved Ones and Plaintive Melodies (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments · 12 Variations in G, Adagio in C minor, Allegro in B flat, Andante & Allegretto in C, Andante in A & Fugue in A minor, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Harpsichord, Isabelle van Keulen, K359, K372, K396, K402, K403, K404, K46d, K46e, K547, Mozart at 11, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time, Ronald Brautigam, Sonata in C, Sonata in F, Sonata in F "for beginners"

It’s impossible to dislike this music. This sounds exactly how Classical music is portrayed in movies. I’ve seen/heard it so often in period films that every time I think of Classical music, this is what I hear in my head. I envision men and women wearing powdered wigs and dancing in a precise, formal, almost [...]

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Of Late Starts and Erroneous Hunts (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Haydn (Franz Joseph), Haydn No 3, Haydn No 4, Haydn Quartets, K428, K458 "Hunt", Mozart at 27, Mozart at 28, Quartetto Italiano, Vienna (Mid 1783), Vienna (November 9 1784)

Mozart and Haydn. I still can’t get over the fact they were good friends. (See Haydn and Mozart on Wikipedia for more information about these two famous composers.) So good, in fact, that Mozart wrote six String Quartets for Joseph Haydn. (See the Wikipedia article titled Haydn Quartets (Mozart) for more information.) I listened to [...]

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Of Light Snowfalls and Glass Harmonicas (Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Box 6)

February 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio in C for glass harmonica, Adagio in C minor & Rondo in C, Alfred Brendel, Box 6: Quintets Quartets Trios, Bruno Hoffman, Glass Harmonica, Heinz Holliger, Mozart at 28, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 35, Quinetet in E flat for piano oboe clarinet horn & bassoon, Stephen Kovacevich, Thomas Bloch, Trio in E flat for piano clarinet & viola, Vienna (August 5 1786), Vienna (March 21 1784), Vienna (May 23 1791), William Zeitler

Today’s CD features a unique instrument – a “glass harmonica” – used in Adagio in C Minor & Rondo in C, K617, and Adagio in C for Glass Harmonica, K617a. The sound this instrument produces reminds me of bell ringers. No, that’s not quite right. It reminds me of people who “play” glasses filled with [...]

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Of Light Movies and Lively Music (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Jimmy Page, K456, K459, Marcia Davenport, Mozart at 28, Piano Concert No. 19 in F, Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat, Sir Neville Marriner, Sostenuto (defined), Vienna (December 11 1784), Vienna (September 30 1784), Vivace (defined), Yngwie Malmsteen

Ahh, now this is more like it. These compositions grabbed me right from the start, from the first three minutes. If Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat were a heavy-metal song, Alfred Brendel’s piano work would have to be performed by a guitarist insanely fleet-fingered and flamboyant like Yngwie Malmsteen. Or perhaps Led Zeppelin’s [...]

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