Tag Archives: Wolfgang Amadeus 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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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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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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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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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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Move over, Bieber

How the heck did I miss this? Jan Lisiecki is an incredible young pianist who is making quite a name for himself on the world stage. He’s one of “ours” – born and raised in Calgary. We in the music … Continue reading

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Music as medicine

Joy Morin at Color in My Piano posted the following quote today: “Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.” ~Leigh Hunt, English essayist and poet The Lacrymosa from Mozart’s requeim is the perfect medicine for a breaking heart – … 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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