Category Archives: Mozart

Chopin on Scarlatti: “He sometimes reaches even Mozart.”

“My colleagues, the piano teachers, are dissatisfied that I am teaching Scarlatti to my pupils. But I am surprised that they are so blind. In his music there are exercises in plenty for the fingers and a good deal of … Continue reading

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Expand your universe

“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.”   ~Douglas Adams               ________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Akademie Olympia – Einstein, Solovine, Habicht

A beautiful post about Albert Einstein at musiqdragonfly – a beautiful blog, one of my favourites. Enjoy the music – Einstein playing Mozart’s K.378, second movement.

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Was Mozart really a genius?

Bathed in an environment of music from birth, and blessed with an exceptionally good teacher (his father), Mozart was very good for his age. But a prodigy? A genius? He was pushed, prodded, and encouraged by his entire family to … Continue reading

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A Top 5 List

High Fidelity is a novel by Nick Hornby about a guy named Rob who works in a record store.  It’s funny, poignant, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Rob has a penchant for making lists – of imagined conversations, ex-girlfriends, and pop music. … Continue reading

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It’s okay to not love Beethoven

Tchaikovsky didn’t. He adored Mozart. And considered Bach, Handel, Gluck and Haydn mere forerunners to Mozart. From his diaries (1886):  “… I shall start with Beethoven, whom it is usual to praise unconditionally and whom it is commanded to worship … Continue reading

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With Shining Eyes

Conductor Benjamin Zander “has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it – and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, and new connections.” This 20-minute video is packed … Continue reading

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Mozart nailed it

“True perfection in all things is no longer known nor prized—one must write music that is either so simple a coachman could sing it, or so unintelligible that audiences like it simply because no sane person could understand it.” Mozart, … Continue reading

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The really big picture

Music history – from antiquity to the present – in 8 minutes. By one of those awesome illustrators. I bow to such talent. Complete with all the musical examples.

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Risk appalling them.

Go ahead. Improvise. “The risk of appalling a few people who hear a couple of extra notes is more than balanced by the rewards of assimilating a language and bringing it alive.” Robert Levin in a lecture recital about improvising Mozart … Continue reading

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It can’t be this simple. Can it?

“Could it be that simply performing and not interpreting the work (however unfashionable that notion might be at this moment in history) is to render to it the greatest service possible?” James Conlon*, music director of the Los Angeles Opera, describing … Continue reading

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The sound of angels

One of the “smarter for being a musician” people on yesterday’s info-graphic was Benjamin Franklin – Founding Father of the US and a Renaissance man – author, scientist, inventor, diplomat, and the list goes on. His favourite invention was the … Continue reading

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