The Three Versions of Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate.
"Obviously, the 16-year old Mozart was not conversant with all of the theological ramifications of the Milano text when he created the music for Exsultate
. Nonetheless, he wrote music which illuminated and even enhanced the spirituality of the text. How a sixteen-year old could create music of the beauty and elegance of this piece is difficult enough to comprehend. That he could match the music so perfectly to the text, playfully enhancing and amplifying its meaning, is mind-boggling, and a clear augury of the genius to be presented to the world in later years in such works as Le Nozze di Figaro
, where the perfect matching of music with text is acknowledged by many musicologists today as virtual perfection." [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Sep 15, 2013 -
Maria Yudina (1899-1970)
born Jewish, devout Christian, staunchly anti-Soviet, and one of the greatest Russian pianists. "Yet she was hidden behind Soviet Russia's iron curtain during her lifetime and was unknown to what is now a rapidly growing and wildly enthusiastic international audience." [more inside]
posted by snaparapans
on May 12, 2013 -
Mozart in Turkey
is film made of three distinct, but related, elements. First, it is a look into Mozart at the time of his courting Constanze
, a bit on his new patron, the "enlightened monarch" Joseph II
, and other influences, including the Turkish music and culture
, along with thoughts on Mozart's opera as a work created in the Age of Enlightenment
, all through the running commentary by opera director Elijah Moshinsky
, who also interviews Alev Lytle Croutier
, the author of Harem: The World Behind the Veil
. Then there is the production of an opera in Turkey, specifically set in and around the Topkapi Palace
(virtual tour; Wikipedia
). And the last piece is the performance of Die Entführung aus dem Serail
, or The Abduction from the Seraglio
. You can watch the entire film online on Vimeo
, thanks to Directors Cut Films
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 15, 2013 -
225 years ago today, in the Teatro di Praga
, there premiered a new opera - conducted by the 31 year old composer, who was in demand after his success in Vienna the year before. Although he had completed the overture
less than 24 hours earlier, the opera was an instant smash - with the composer being "welcomed joyously and jubilantly by the numerous gathering". In the years to come, Kierkegaard would agree with the French composer Charles Gounod that the opera was "a work without blemish, of uninterrupted perfection". Flaubert would call it one of "the three finest things God made". Today, it is the 10th most performed opera in the world. It is Mozart's Don Giovanni (spoiler)
. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Oct 29, 2012 -
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is well-known for having been a child prodigy. A previously unknown composition of his, dated c. 1767, when he would have been 11 years old, (PDF of score)
had it's premiere
earlier this week. [more inside]
posted by bardophile
on Mar 25, 2012 -
The lunch concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw used to be (possibly still are) often public general rehearsals for the big evening series. Here
we can see the mental transformation of pianist Maria Joao Pires
, who expects another Mozart concerto than conductor Riccardo Chailly
begins to conduct. [more inside]
posted by Namlit
on Feb 19, 2011 -
Mozart's musical diary
- kept between 1784 and 1791 - goes online today courtesy of the British Library. There is a helpful audio commentary if you can't decipher his handwriting, plus excerpts from some of his music. The same site also has works by artists and authors such as Jane Austen, Leonardo da Vinci and Lewis Carroll.
posted by greycap
on Jan 12, 2006 -
Rondo Alla Iron Maiden
). As the name suggests, this new work for string quartet is a classical rondo in the style of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
Composer Kurt Mortensen might rather you pay more attention to some of his other works
, like this charming folk-tinged trio
, but I had to go straight for the silly stuff.
posted by Wolfdog
on Sep 28, 2005 -
It's 25 Years Ago Today Since Maria Callas Died.
There's a badly designed but well-intentioned and informative Italian website to commemorate the anniversary and there's the film Callas Forever
, directed by one of her best friends (and the director of many of her most memorable operas, Franco Zefirelli
. It premiered today
. Mozart's Requiem
was also played at the concert held in her honour tonight in Athens
. I can't help thinking, though, that the Web is sorely lacking in resources about one of the greatest, most goosebump-provoking singers who ever lived. In fact, classical singers and classical music in general seem very (increasingly
) badly served. Even the glorious Andante
magazine, which I recently linked to
, looks like it's disappeared...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 16, 2002 -
Shot Chord Heard Round the World!
On the morning of Nine Eleven 2002 at 8:46am
, over 160 choirs across the world will sing Mozart's "Requiem"
to metaphorically stand in for the thousands of voices silenced a year ago. Among all the ideas I've heard to commemorate this occasion, this one seems the most dignified, and least cringeworthy. They mentioned it on NPR's Morning Edition
(caution: Real Audio file).
posted by ZachsMind
on Sep 10, 2002 -
Not Salieri but Schnitzel
the latest theory about what did in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is that he might have contracted trichinosis from some spoiled pork cutlets. "Why Antonio, I'd just die for some wiener schniztel right now," Wolfgang exclaimed. "Yes, you would," sneered Salieri.......
posted by briank
on Jun 11, 2001 -