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Tag: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Monday, April 27th

never enough

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 570; Peter Serkin (1947-2020, piano), live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

You ask why I live
alone in the mountain forest,

and I smile and am silent
until even my soul grows quiet.

The peach trees blossom.
The waters continue to flow.

I live in the other world,
one that lies beyond the human.

—Li Po (aka Li Bai, 701-762), “Questions Answered” (translated from Chinese by Sam Hamill)

Saturday, April 18th

never enough

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Piano sonata K.281, 0:00; Variations on “Salve tu, Domine” K.398, 21:14; Variations on “Unser dummer Pöbel meint” K.455, 29:51; Fantasy K.397, 44:27; Piano sonata K.310, 50:52), Robert Schumann (Arabeske op.18, 1:14:05; Toccata op.7, 1:21:05); Emil Gilels (1916-1985, piano), live, Moscow, 1970

 

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musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

—Novelist Saul Bellow1915-2005

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 8th

passings

Peter Serkin, pianist, January 24, 1947-February 1, 2020

Live, Tokyo, 2003: Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Rain Tree Sketch (1982)

 

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Live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio in B minor, K. 540

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago, Ill.

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lagniappe

reading table

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Saturday, February 10th

more

Does any pianist play Mozart with more verve?

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000) playing Mozart (Sonata in D major [K 311], Sonata in F major [K 332]), Germany (Munich), 1991

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Fruits of the Midi, 1881

Saturday, February 3rd

You can listen, on NPR, CNN, XYZ, to today’s noise (Trump: “This is an American disgrace!”), or you can listen to this—your call.

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000) playing Mozart (Sonata in F major [K 332], Fantasy in C minor [K 475], Sonata in C minor [K 457]), Germany (Munich), 1990

 

Thursday, September 28th

never enough

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major (:07-), Fantasia in C minor (22:42-), Sonata No. 14 in C minor (39:54-); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Germany (Munich), 1990


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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Thursday, June 1st

more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

1st movt.


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2nd movt.


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3rd movt.


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4th movt.


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musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Wednesday, May 31st

two takes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live


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Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), live


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musical thoughts

Whenever life begins to crush me, I know I can rely on Bandol, garlic, and Mozart.

—Jim Harrison (1937-2016), A Really Big Lunch (2017)

 

Thursday, March 16th

more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major (“Coronation”); Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Friedrich Gulda (conducting, piano), live, 1986


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reading table

How I wish I’d been a painter . . . that must really be the best profession—none of this fiddling around with words—there are a couple of Daumiers at the Phillips that make me feel my whole life has been wasted.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter, 1977

Wednesday, March 15th

more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonatas 9 (D major; K. 311) and 12 (F major; K. 332);  Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live


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random sights

other day, Chicago (Rookery Building)

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