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 'Box 4: Piano Concertos'

Of Attentitive Food Sellers and Pristine Live Recordings (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Even though the first of today’s musical selections (Piano Concerto No. 24 in C) is in a minor key – thankfully not D minor, the saddest key of all – it is not ponderous or heavy. It does not drag on my mind, even though it does have a full, meaty sound – like Chopin [...]

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

January 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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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Of This and That (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Yesterday, I received a wonderful letter. Its author has given me permission to begin working on a screenplay about a famous and much-loved Classical musician. Since I am incredibly enamored with this musician, this project will be very near and dear to my heart. Suffice to say, I’m pleased and can’t wait to get started. [...]

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Of Sullivan’s Travels and Mozart’s Journeys (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

We saw a terrific movie last night, Sullivan’s Travels, the 1941 classic starring Joel McCrae and Veronica Lake. This film was a first for me. It was the first Preston Sturges (writer and director) movie I’ve seen, the first Veronica Lake movie I’ve seen, and the first Joel McCrae movie I’ve seen. I was surprised [...]

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Of Bad Movies and Good Music (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I can’t discern the appeal of The Hangover – winner of the Golden Globe for Best Picture of 2009 – or why the Hollywood Foreign Press Association picked it over such gems as (500) Days of Summer and Julie & Julia. But I can tell you this much: You’ll never get back those 100 (108 [...]

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Of Bagels – and Concertos – for Two (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I arrived at Panera Bread at 6:45 this morning. But I spent the first hour and a half composing an e-mail to my screenwriting partner to clarify edits in the latest version of our script. During that time, my wife arrived. She now sits across from me, her own laptop open, her own earbuds in, [...]

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Of Squires and Phobias (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Ahh, the Harpsichord. I can’t think of another keyboard instrument more immediately recognizable, save for the Mellotron. For the record, here are the Wikipedia entries for both keyboard instruments. Harpsichord: A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. In [...]

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“Yeah, Well, Mozart Is No Chopin.” (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

There’s a line in the Academy Award-winning 1984 film Amadeus in which a character comments that Mozart’s composition contains “too many notes.” While Mozart may have been no stranger to the liberal use of notes, when I think of “too many notes” combined with “piano concertos” it’s not Mozart’s name that springs to mind; it’s [...]

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