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 Seven Year Itches and Netherlands Wind Ensembles (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Divertimento in B flat, Duos for 2 Horns, Edo de Waart, K439b No. 2, K439b No. 4, K439b No. 5, K487, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Munich (1775), Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Seven Year Anniversary, Vienna (1781-82 or 1785), Vienna (July 27 1786)

Yesterday was our seven-year anniversary. It seems like it’s only been seven months. They say time flies when you’re having fun. I can attest to that because my wife and I are having the time of our lives. For one thing, we both love Classical music – she so much that she’s been a French [...]

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Of Bible Studies and Horn Duos (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment · A Devil to Play, Bible Study Groups, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Dennis Brain, Divertimento in B flat, Duos for 2 Horns, French Horns, Jasper Rees, K439b No. 1, K439b No. 3, K487, KApp. 226, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Munich (1775), Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Panera Bread, Vienna (1781-82 or 1785), Vienna (July 27 1786)

I’m back at Panera Bread, sitting at my usual table by the outlet and the drafty windows. Even though it’s only 6:30 in the morning, there are numerous tables filled with people. They appear to be engaged in Bible study. Three businessmen sit at a table to my left. I overheard them say the words [...]

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Of Lingering Colds and Divertimenti in Three Keys (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Divertimento in B flat, Divertimento in E flat, Divertimento in F, Holliger Wind Ensemble, K213, K240, K252, K253, K270, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 21, Salzburg (August 1776), Salzburg (January 1776), Salzburg (January 1777), Salzburg (July 1775)

I’d rather have the flu than a cold. The flu causes me to feel badly, perhaps even occasionally throw up, for about a day. But a cold lays me low for a week to 10 days. I haven’t had the flu in years. In fact, I don’t remember the last time. But I do remember [...]

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Of Pedestals and Oboists (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio in B flat, Adagio in C, Adagio in F, Amelie, Amy Adams, Audrey Tautou, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Divertimento in B flat, Divertimento in E flat, Edo de Waart, Holliger Wind Ensemble, K166, K186, K289, K410, K411, K580a/KA94, Mozart at 17, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 32, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Salzburg (1777), Salzburg (March 1773), Salzburg (March 24 1773), Vienna (1782), Vienna (1782-3), Vienna (1788)

It’s official. The adorable, exceptionally talented Audrey Tautou, who stars in Amélie, the 2001 Academy Award-nominated French film I’ve watched two nights in a row, has knocked Amy Adams off The Pedestal. Audrey is now my favorite actress. But don’t be sad, Amy. You’re still a very close second. By the way, the soundtrack to [...]

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Of French Films and Austrian Serenades (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 11th, 2010 · No Comments · (500) Days of Summer, Amelie, Audrey Tautou, Beethoven, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Holliger Wind Ensemble, Juno, K375, K388/384a, Mozart at 26, Nacht Musik, Screenwriting, Vienna (1782), Vienna (July 1782)

I really, really liked Amélie, the 2001 Oscar-nominated French film starring Audrey Tautou that we watched last night. We intend to watch it again tonight. I’m quite sure that because we were reading the English subtitles we didn’t watch everything happening on the screen. And that’s a shame because what’s happening on the screen is [...]

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Of Sunny Days and Wedding Celebrations (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Divertimento in C, Gran Partita, Hochzeitsfestin, K188, K361, Michael Laird, Michigan (USA), Mozart at 17, Mozart at 28, Mozart's Wedding Celebration Serenade, Posthorn, Salzburg (mid 1773), Serenade in B Flat, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (March 23 (1784)

The sun came out today. I mention that because it’s a rare day when Michigan gets sun in January. Sadly, it’s a rare day when Michigan gets sun any day of any month. But in January El Sol is particularly welcome. And noteworthy. So I noted it. I should also note that the temperature is [...]

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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 Head Colds and Austria Visits (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, Austria, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, German-Language Course, K205, K247, K248, K290, Mozart at 20, Pimsleur Conversational German CDs, Salzburg (June 1776)

I was asked what I intend to do after I’ve worked my way through all 180 CDs in the Philips Gold Compact Complete Mozart Edition. Two things: (1) Start another year’s worth of explorations (I’ve already decided what I intend to do for 2010-2011), and (2) Visit Austria. My wife and I would love to [...]

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Of Birthday Celebrations and Theme Variations (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Cheap Trick, John Cage, K138, K287, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 21, Mozart's Birthday, Mozart: A Life, Peter Gay, Salzburg (early 1772), Salzburg (June 1777), Sir Neville Marriner, Variations On a Theme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756, which means he has a birthday coming up in about three weeks. What do you give someone who has everything? (Everything except life, that is.) What did Mozart do on his birthdays? What did people give him? How did he celebrate? By writing another dance or [...]

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Of Day Jobs and Night Musiks (Divertimenti for Strings & Winds, Box 3)

January 6th, 2010 · No Comments · A Musical Joke, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, Box 3: Divertimenti for Strings & Wind, Ein musikalischer Spass (translated), Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Eine kleine Nachtmusik (translated), K136, K522, K525, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 31, Salzburg (early 1772), Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (August 10 1787), Vienna (July 14 1787)

I didn’t think it was possible to make “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” sound any more hoidy-toidy. But the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble managed it. My all-time favorite Classical composition in this stripped-down version (chamber ensemble versus full orchestra) now sounds like I should be serving tea and crumpets while I listen to it. Or have [...]

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