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fave Mozart works–the Twittersphere has spoken (part trois)

The delightful classical connoisseur @amzenon responded to my Tweet requesting the name of their very favorite Mozart piece, saying one word, “Figaro.”

Apparently, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) was Operatoonity readers’ favorite, too, having won the favorite Mozart opera poll with more than 34% of the vote compared to next best, Die Zauberflöte, with 25%.

In the final installment of “Fave Mozart works,”  in honor of Mozart’s birthday, here is the overture to Le Nozze di Figaro performed by the Miyazaki International Music Festival Orchestra, 2009 (a splendid version, I might add). Hope you like it, too.

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fave Mozart works – the Twittersphere has spoken (part deux)

One of my newer Tweeties Molly S. from our nation’s capital (@operarocksme) said that Mozart’s Mass in C Minor was her favorite work by the feted composer.

So, here you go, world. Another favorite piece by Mozart, in celebration of his birthday.

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fave Mozart works–the Twittersphere has spoken (part one)

In honor of Mozart‘s 255th birthday, folks on Twitter poured forth with favorite compositions. So all day today, I’ll be sharing their picks with you.

The first comes from @proxli, aka Terry Moore, who cited Sinfonia Concerto K. 364 as a favorite.

Here’s a great version featuring Issac Stern(Violin), Pinchas Zukerman(Viola), Zubin Mehta(Conductor), New York Philharmonic Orchestra 1980

First we have part one:

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And part two, since you simply CAN’T stop after hearing part one:

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what would Mozart do? a music microtale

As the merry month of Mozart rolls along, I thought another microtale was fitting on the theme, WWMD.

Young Mozart

During Mozart’s time, customs inspectors were known to be particularly fastidious. (Next NY Times list–Top Classical Customs Inspectors). Anyhoo, on Mozart’s first trip to Vienna, the customs inspectors were threatening to detain the Mozarts, so little six-year-old Mozart whipped out his violin and gave the inspectors a private concert. 

The Mozarts were expedited through customs in record time. 

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Have you read the list?

What fun it’s been reading all of the articles leading up to Anthony Tommasini‘s Top Ten List of Classical Composers!

And he did, in fact, publish a top ten yesterday. And here they are:

  1. Bach
  2. Beethoven
  3. Mozart
  4. Schubert
  5. Debussy
  6. Stravinsky
  7. Brahms
  8. Verdi
  9. Wagner
  10. Bartok

Yes, I and how many others were waiting for the official list. Who would be included? Who by the nature of such an exercise would have to be excluded?

To me, what was more significant than naming names was the two-week process he employed and his responses to reader reactions and feedback on the process. So, for instance, I was delighted to read that in Tommasini’s view, not enough readers mentioned Benjamin Britten on the lists they submitted, so he’s recommitted himself to writing more or doing more “advocacy” about Britten as a result. And his laments he could not include Puccini or Handel.

I love that he took some risk–including Debussy and Stravinsky–leaving some of the most venerable off his list (Haydn, Chopin). Choosing Brahms when many he respects would not.

Certainly, other opera lovers have to be excited that he included Verdi and Wagner, citing the volume and force of present day passion for their works as the reason for their appearances. We all know Mozart wrote many other pieces besides operas and that Beethoven only wrote one opera to speak of. So, to have two sheerly operatic composers on the list was well–thrilling. Of course, the other argument stands to reason, how could he not have purely operatic composers on the list.

More than the announcement of the list, per se, I loved the discussion, the debate, the back-and-forth. Who’s in? Who’s bound to be out? I’m not going to go berserk because Mozart is ranked third. It’s one man’s list after all albeit one very knowledgeable man. There was bound to be bias and personal filters at work–and there was. Just read his little Stravinsky vignette, if you don’t believe me. 

Overall, what a thoroughly engaging, thought-provoking process!

But how about you? Did you follow the list-making over the last two weeks? What do you think of THE LIST?


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