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 Snowy Mornings and Slow Movements (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, K593, K614, Max Lesueur, Mozart at 34, Mozart at 35, String Quintet No 5 in D, String Quintet No 6 in E flat, Vienna (April 12 1791), Vienna (January 1790)

Here it is – CD 11 of 11. Today ends my sashay through Mozart’s quartets and quintets. I must say, today’s compositions are among my least favorite. They’re abominably slow. And rather uneventful. I’m not detecting anything that raises my Music Radar, causes me to sit up and say, “Hey! That was clever!” or chuckle [...]

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Of Gilligan’s Island and Mozart’s Vienna (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Gilligan's Island, K515, K516, Marcia Davenport, Mary Ann and Ginger, Mozart at 31, String Quintet No 2 in C, String Quintet No 3 in G minor, Vienna (April 19 1787), Vienna (May 16 1787)

This CD is a lot of fun. It hooked me from the first few bars of the opening movement (Allegro) of String Quintet No. 2 in C, K515 (one of the finest pieces of music I’ve yet heard), to the final, glorious notes of String Quintet No. 3 in G minor, K516 – especially the [...]

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Of Winters of Discontent and Quintets of Spring (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Arpad Gerecz, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, K174, K406, Max Lesueur, String Quartet No 1 in B flat, String Quintet No 4 in C minor

Today’s music is of the quintet kind, rather than the quartet kind. So it’s back to Arthur Grumiaux (violin) and his Ensemble consisting of Arpad Gerecz (violin), Georges Janzer (viola), Max Lesueur (viola), and Eva Czako (cello). Of the late Mr. Grumiaux, Wikipedia says this: Arthur Grumiaux (March 21, 1921–October 16, 1986) was a Belgian [...]

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Of Oz Wizards and Prussia Kings (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, K589 "Prussian No 2", K590 "Prussian No 3", King of Prussia, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Prussian Quartets, Quartetto Italiano, Robert Spaethling, String Quartet No 22 in B flat "Prussia No 2", String Quartet No 23 in F "Prussia No 3", Vienna (January 1790), Vienna (June 1790)

My wife and I watched the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz today. She hates the film and thinks it’s creepy. My opinion isn’t that far behind hers. But I wanted to see what it looked like on Blu-ray on our 50,000:1 dynamic contrast TV. It looked amazing. And creepy. Today’s Mozart music was anything [...]

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Of Tax Days and Hoffmeisters (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Hoffmeister (Franz Anton), International Music Score Library Project, K499, K575 "Prussian No 1", King of Prussia, Lerner-Loewe, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 33, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, My Fair Lady, Quartetto Italiano, Robert Spaethling, String Quartet No 20 in D "Hoffmeister", String Quartet No 21 in D, Vienna (June 1789), Vienna (Mid 1786)

Here in the States we have a yearly tradition known as Tax Day, April 15th. American citizens are required to file their income tax forms and pay their taxes by that date so our government can very quickly spend our money – and then some! – for various and sundry questionable projects. Granted, it’s not [...]

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Of Magic Time and Moderate Dissonance (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Haydn (Franz Joseph), Haydn No 5, Haydn No 6, Haydn Quartets, Jack Lemmon, K464, K465 "Dissonance", Magic Time, Mozart at 29, Quartetto Italiano, String Quartet No 18 in A, String Quartet No 19 in C, Vienna (January 10 1785), Vienna (January 14 1785)

Here they are, the last two of the six Quartets Mozart wrote for his friend Joseph Haydn. I’m dismayed there are only six of these, and there’s no more for me to listen to after today. Famed Hollywood actor Jack Lemmon had a phrase he used to say before stepping onto the set of each [...]

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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 Mozart and Haydn (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, Brilliant Classics, Haydn (Franz Joseph), Haydn at 50, Haydn at 51, Haydn Edition, Haydn Quartets, K387, K421, Mozart and Haydn, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 27, Mozart's Dedication to Haydn, Quartetto Italiano, String Quartet No 14 in G (Haydn 1), String Quartet No 15 in D minor (Haydn 2), Vienna (December 31 1782), Vienna (June 1783)

I’m not sure I’m worthy to hear this morning’s music. String Quartet No. 14 in G, K387, and String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421, are the first of six quartets Mozart wrote for his friend Joseph Haydn. The first is referred to as “Haydn No. 1.” The second is referred to as “Haydn [...]

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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 Screenplay Deadlines and gnagflow Trazom (String Quartets, String Quintets, Box 7)

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 7: String Quartets String Quintets, K159, K160, K168, K169, Milan (early 1773), Mozart at 17, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Quartetto Italiano, Robert Spaethling, Screenwriting, Vienna (August 1773)

I’m a bit under the gun at the moment. I have to finish editing a screenplay by day’s end. So I won’t put forth too many comments. I’ll just listen to the music while I edit, and comment later. I will type the following, though. I couldn’t resist. From the extraordinary book Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s [...]

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