Tag Archives: Mozart

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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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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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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You do not have to choose

“I will defend the absolute value of Mozart over Miley Cyrus, of course I will, but we should be wary of false dichotomies. You do not have to choose between one or the other. You can have both. “The human … Continue reading

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Jaws and Trills

Friday night, with my daughter, I watched Jaws for the first time in my life. It came out when I was in my teens and simply everybody went to see it – standing in line-ups that went around the block … Continue reading

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Antidote for everything western

It’s early July in Calgary, Alberta, which means just one thing. The Calgary Stampede. The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth. To which we are all supposed to respond, “Yeehaw.” It’s all about celebrating a cowboy culture – the boots, the … Continue reading

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Cycling meets Mozart

Anyone in Canada who knows (and cares) anything about professional cycling is on a bit of a high. Victoria, BC cyclist Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro d’Italia yesterday – the second biggest pro cycling race in the world – second … Continue reading

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So you think you can give a recital

Along the same lines as yesterday’s post, here’s what the 14-year-old Mozart did at one exhibition (a.k.a. concert) while on tour in Italy: 1. One of his symphonies was played by professional musicians. 2. He was soloist in a piano … Continue reading

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Mozart C Major as you’ve never seen it before

This is the familiar Mozart C Major sonata K. 545 with a wonderfully descriptive harmonic analysis – and don’t let those words frighten you! (and don’t let the French title scare you, either). It shows just how big an emotional … Continue reading

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Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life

I haven’t read many biographies of composers. I’ve start a lot, but finished very few. Robert Spaethling’s Mozart’s Life, Mozart’s Letters kept me spellbound. Not once did I get bored or bogged down in the details; I couldn’t put it … Continue reading

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