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 from March 31st, 2010

Of Gold and Flutters (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Baden (June 17 1791), Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Elizabeth Bainbridge, Gwynne Howell, K165, K339, K341, K618, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kyrie, London Symphony Orchestra, Milan (January 1773), Mozart at 17, Mozart at 24, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 35, Munich (1780-1 or 1787), Ryland Davies, Salzburg (1780(, Sir Colin Davis, Vesperae solennes de confessore

Yesterday’s music was out of balance. The terrific music came in first and then the vocals, which distracted me. Today’s music is equal parts vocal and instrumental. The music isn’t so good that my mind goes off on a walkabout, only to be yanked back by the vocals. This time – and I don’t mean [...]

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Of Crooners and Kyries (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Bing Crosby, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Crooners, Dean Martin, Dixit et Magnificat, Eberhard Buchner, Frank Sinatra, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, Johnny Mathis, Jon Anderson, K125, K193, K195, Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, Litaniae Lauretanae BMV, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 18, Renate Frank-Reinecke, Roundabout, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (July 1774), Salzburg (March 1772), Salzburg (May 1774), Yes

The music is great. But when the vocals begin I am immediately taken away from the music. I can’t seem to hear both together. I hear one, or the other. Mostly the other. I don’t have trouble with vocals in prog-rock music, or metal, or rock, or even pop. Heck, for that matter, I dig [...]

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“I Don’t Care For This” (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

March 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Herbert Kegel, K109, K243, K321, Litaniae de BMV (Lauretanae), Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 15, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 23, Progressive Rock, Renate Frank-Reinecke, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Vesperae solennes de Dominica

My dad used to say a certain phrase whenever he encountered something he didn’t like, be it food or music or movies or weather or whatever: “I don’t care for this.” Or, “I don’t care for that.” It got to be a family joke to say, “I don’t care for it.” That’s how I feel [...]

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Of Soap and Sonatas (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Adagio & Allegro in F minor, Andante in F, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Church Sonatas 13-17, Daniel Chorzempa, Deutsche Bachsolisten, Don Knotts, Fantasia in F minor, Ghost and Mr Chicken, Helmut Winschermann, K274, K278, K328, K329, K336, K594, K608, K616, Organ Sonatas 13-17, Phantom of the Opera, Salzburg (1777), Salzburg (early 1779), Salzburg (Lent 1777), Salzburg (March 1779), Salzburg (March 1780), Vienna (December 1790), Vienna (March 3 1791), Vienna (May 4 1791)

Today, we drove nearly 100 miles round trip to buy soap. Not just any soap, mind you. For that would be foolish. The local grocery store sells soap by the box full. No end to the varieties. No, the soap we bought was lavender and nettle, or lemongrass and nettle, or honey and oat. We [...]

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Of Steaks and Sonatas (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Church Sonatas 1-12, Daniel Chorzempa, Deutsche Bachsolisten, Going For the One, Helmut Winschermann, K144, K145, K212, K224, K225, K241, K244, K245, K263, K67, K68, K69, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 24, Organ Sonatas 1-12, Panera Bread, Salzburg (1772), Salzburg (1774), Salzburg (April 1776), Salzburg (December 1776), Salzburg (early 1780), Salzburg (January 1776), Salzburg (July 1775), Yes

This is going to be a great day. A couple of days ago, Elisabeth and I bought two three-pound, two-and-a-half-inch-thick Porterhouse steaks from a local meat market. I kid you not. Six pounds of beef. The biggest, best-looking steaks I’ve ever laid eyes on. I took pictures of them, holding one up to Bradbury, our [...]

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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 Still More Comments No (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Cornelius Hauptmann, Diana Montague, English Baroque Soloists, K427, Missa in C minor, Monteverdi Choir, Mozart at 27, Salzburg (October 1783), Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sylvia McNair

No comment. Here is what I didn’t listen to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only [...]

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Of More Comments No (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Armin Ude, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Dresdner Philharmonie, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, K258, K262, Marga Schiml, Mitsuko Shirai, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Salzburg (1776)

No comment. Here is what I didn’t listen to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only [...]

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Of Comments No (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · 1775-6, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Gerhard Eder, K220, K317, Mozart at 19, Mozart at 20, Mozart at 23, Peter Jelosits, Salzburg (March 23 1779), Solisten der Wiener Sangerknaben, Uwe Christian Harrer, Wiener Sangerknaben - Chorus Viennensis, Wiener Symphoniker

No comment. Here is what I didn’t listen to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only [...]

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Of Likes and Dislikes (Missae, Requiem, Organ Sonatas, Box 10)

March 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Annelies Burmeister, Box 10: Missae Requiem Organ Sonatas & Solos, Celestina Casapietra, Clifford Grant, Gillian Knight, Helen Donath, Herbert Kegel, Hermann Christian Polster, John Alldis Choir, K192, K257, London Symphony Orchestra, Mozart at 18, Mozart at 20, Peter Schreier, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Rundfunkchor Lepizig, Ryland Davies, Salzburg (June 24 1774), Salzburg (November 1776), Sir Colin Davis

I think I know what the problem is. Choir-based compositions sound more alike than instrumental compositions. In other words, when the music is no longer the primary focus, my mind has less to grab onto when I listen to vocal music. Every composition sounds the same to me. Oh, there’s a different soprano here, a [...]

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