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 Bradbury and Bach (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Bradbury, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, Grumiaux Trio, Johann Sebastian Bach, K266, K404a, Salzburg (early 1777), Scottish Folds, Six Preludes & Fugues for Violin Viola & Cello, Sonata (Trio) in B flat, Vienna (1782), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

I don’t think our cat, Bradbury, is feeling well. How do I know? Well, he usually eats anything I give him. Lately, he barely touches even the stuff we thought was his favorite. Plus, he’s tossed his cookies 3-4 times this week. He’s more lethargic than usual. And he seems to have a problem with, [...]

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Of Dedication and Diversion (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Arrigo Pelliccia, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Divertimento (String Trio) in E flat, Duo for Violin & Viola in B flat, Duo for Violin & Viola in G, Eva Czako, Georges Janzer, Grumiaux Trio, K423, K424, K563, Michael Puchberg, Mozart at 27, Mozart at 32, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Robert Spaethling, Salzburg (Summer 1783), Vienna (September 27 1788)

Once again, I’m listening to the very kind of music playing overhead in this restaurant. I don’t know if that means this Mozart stuff is akin to Muzak in an elevator. Or if it’s so gosh darn good that it’s now played everywhere an air of refinement and taste is needed. Doesn’t matter. I dig [...]

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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 Blockbuster Mort and Beautiful Music (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Blockbuster Video, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Emotion in Music, K378, K379, K380, Mozart at 23, Mozart at 24, Mozart at 25, Pizzicato, Salzburg (1779-81), Sonata in B flat, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in G, Spaces Between Notes, Vienna (April 1781), Vienna (Summer 1781), Walter Klien

This is gorgeous music. Every track grabs me by the lapels and gives me a hearty shake. This is another one of those deserted-island CDs you hear so much about. (Which is odd since there are so few deserted islands these days, yet so many people standing around on them clutching the one thing they’d [...]

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Of Numbers 23 and Themes Various (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

March 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Alas I Lost My Lover, Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, j’ai perdu mon amant, K305, K306, K360, K376, K377, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 25, Paris (Summer 1778), Six Variations in G minor, Soanta in F, Sonata in A, Sonata in D, Vienna (June 1781), Walter Klien

I’m always daunted when I pop a CD into iTunes and discover there are 30 tracks waiting for me. Thirty. Tracks. Waiting. For. Me. Well, there’s nothing to do but dig in. Since both musicians (Arthur Grumiaux and Walter Klien) on today’s CD are familiar to me, I don’t need to study them. I think [...]

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Of Frozen Lakes and Crystalline Pianos (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Arthur Grumiaux, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, K296, K301, K302, K303, K304, Mannheim (early 1778), Mannheim (March 11 1778), Mannheim or Paris (1778), Mozart at 22, Sonata in C, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in E minor, Sonata in G, Walter Klien

Perhaps I was distracted by my writing projects today. But nothing jumped out at me from today’s music. …Until I heard the last track of the CD, Movement 2 (Tempo di minuetto) from Sonata in E minor, K304. Its beauty immediately stopped me in my tracks. It wasn’t a typical Classical composition. It was an [...]

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Of Tight Colons and Chirping Instruments (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Beatles, Blandine Verlet, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Gerard Poulet, Harpsichord, K13, K14, K15, K26, K27, K28, K29, K30, K31, London (1764), Mozart at 10, Mozart at 7, Mozart at 8, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in C, Sonata in D, Sonata in E flat, Sonata in F, Sonata in G, The Hague (Febraury 1766)

Even though I like harpsichord and violin, today’s music irritated me from the opening notes. I had just sat down at Schuler Books, inserted my ear buds and clicked the play button in iTunes. Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.14, Movement 1 (Allegro) began. Very sprightly harpsichord. I’m diggin’ it. However, at the [...]

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Of Child Prodigies and Bear Harpsichords (Violin Sonatas, String Duos & Trios, Box 8)

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Blandine Verlet, Box 8: Violin Sonatas String Duos & Trios, Emily Bear, Gerard Poulet, Harpsichord, K10, K11, K12, K6, K7, K8, K9, Mozart at 7, Mozart at 8, Sonata in A, Sonata in B flat, Sonata in C, Sonata in D, Sonata in G

Today’s music was composed by a boy of seven or eight. Remarkably, it’s quite good. Probably due as much to the harpsichord playing of the legendary Blandine Verlet and the violin skills of the talented Gerard Poulet as to Mozart’s abilities as a composer. It’s not often one gets to hear music composed by kids [...]

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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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