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 Fathers and Requiems (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Francisco Araiza, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, K626, Margaret Price, Mozart at 35, Mozart's Requiem, My Dad (1937-2009), Nigel Tufnel, Peter Schreier, Requiem in D minor, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Saddest Key of All, Salieri, Staatskapelle Dresden, Strep Throat, Theo Adam, Trudeliese Schmidt, Vienna (December 1791)

Talk about coincidence. A year ago today – Friday, March 27, 2009 – my father slipped into a coma-like state from which he never recovered. He died a day and a half later, on March 29th. So here I am, by sheer mind-blowing coincidence, listening to Mozart’s Requiem, his last composition, K626 – the final [...]

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Of X-Files and Unfinished Gigues (Piano Music, Box 9)

March 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio in B minor, Box 9: Piano Music, Eine kleine Gigue in G, Fantasia in D minor, Gigue (definition), K355, K397, K485, K511, K540, K574, Minuet in D, Mitsuko Uchida, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 32, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, Rondo in A minor, Rondo in D major, Saddest Key of All, Veipzig (May 16 1789), Vienna (1789-91), Vienna (early 1782), Vienna (January 10 1786), Vienna (March 19 1788), Vienna (March 3 1787)

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida is back. And I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if her playing is truly magical. But these compositions are gorgeous. I’m enjoying all of them. Most of these pieces were written in Vienna in the latter part of Mozart’s life (ages 26-35). One was written in Leipzig. All of them [...]

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Of Unfocused Mornings and Tightly-Wound Music (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Happy Birthday (song), K170, K171, K172, K173, Mozart at 17, Progressive Metal, Quartetto Italiano, Saddest Key of All, String Quartet No 10 in C, String Quartet No 11 in E flat, String Quartet No 12 in B flat, String Quartet No 13 in D minor, Symphony X, Vienna (August 1773), Vienna (September 1773)

I finished editing the script yesterday! I gave a pdf to a few people to read and comment on. Now, I wait to see if it’s funny, if people like it, etc. I’m nervous about that. Today, I return to a script I set aside to work on the one I had to finish yesterday. [...]

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Of Neck Pains and Unrelated Movements (Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Box 6)

February 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Beaux Arts Trio, Box 6: Quintets Quartets Trios, K442, K548, K564, Mozart at 32, Nobuko Imai, Piano Trio in C, Piano Trio in D minor, Piano Trio in G, Saddest Key of All, Three Unrelated Movements, Vienna (July 14 1788), Vienna (October 27 1788)

I write so much that I’ve developed a pain in my upper back and neck. It must have to do with a lack of ergonomic integrity in my desk arrangement. But I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to correct it. So here I sit, with a blazing headache, writing and listening [...]

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

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, Arthur Rubinstein, Box 4: Piano Concertos, Chopin, Conrad Wilson, K491, K503, Live Recording, Marcia Davenport, Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 30, Mozart: A Life, Notes on Mozart, Panera Bread, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, Saddest Key of All, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna (December 4 1786), Vienna (March 24 1786)

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 Showboats and Sad Keys (Piano Concertos, Box 4)

January 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel, K466, K467, Mozart at 29, Nigel Tufnel, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, Saddest Key of All, Sir Neville Marriner, Spinal Tap, Trill (defined), Vienna (February 10 1785), Vienna (March 9 1785)

It’s a bad sign when the Mozart playing over a restaurant’s sound system allegedly as background music overshadows the music I’m listening to with my ear buds via iTunes on my laptop. That tells me two things are possible: (1) The restaurant’s music is too loud, or (2) The Mozart on CD 9 is the [...]

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