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Re: Mozart Appreciation Thread [Re: JoelW] #1960904
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Leaving aside the operas -and I am a particular fan of the earlier Die Entführung- but for piano, it is the K503. I love all of the piano concertos, but Mozart's genius really went into overdrive on that one.

Organists love the K608, originally written for the musical clock (what an odd instrument for Mozart to pour out some of his most powerful music), and it makes an overwhelming impression when well played (very, very difficult!) on a sympathetic instrument.


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Re: Mozart Appreciation Thread [Re: JoelW] #1960905
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Mozart is my favorite composer. He was extremely proficient and prolific in writing music in so many different genres. Mozart wrote great works both in the purely instrumental domain as well as in the vocal domain.

His piano concerti are my favorite series of works in the purely instrumental domain. I particularly like all of the concerti from 9 and upwards (9-27). Mozart wrote so many great piano concerti that it is not possible for me to pick a single favorite.

Mozart also wrote several great chamber works with significant piano parts such as his 2 piano quartets and his quintet for piano and winds.

My two favorite piano sonatas of Mozart are the minor key ones (A minor, k. 310, C Minor, k. 457; of Mozart's 18 piano sonatas, these are the only two in a minor key). These works really look forward to the 19th century and had a significant influence on later composers such as Beethoven. The C minor sonata was published together with his C minor fantasy, k. 475, another masterpiece. When the two are performed together (the fantasy preceding the sonata), they comprise Mozart's longest work for solo piano. Great stuff.

Another great work for solo piano is the adagio in B minor, k. 540. I find this work to be one of the most deeply personal and tragic outpourings ever composed for a solo instrument. It is surprising to me that this work does not get more attention.

Re: Mozart Appreciation Thread [Re: JoelW] #1960917
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Opera!!!!

But I agree with argerichfan, K. 503 is my favorite piano concerto.

I love Mozart as a composer almost the most. He's up there with Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert for me.

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I kind of like this rather obscure work k399 a suite in the style of handel.


Re: Mozart Appreciation Thread [Re: JoelW] #1960981
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I'll repeat what one of the Labeque sisters said: "If you don't know Mozart's operas, you don't know anything."


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Re: Mozart Appreciation Thread [Re: Janus K. Sachs] #1961030
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Originally Posted by Janus K. Sachs
I'll repeat what one of the Labeque sisters said: "If you don't know Mozart's operas, you don't know anything."


That's definitely true.

The film Amadeus used to be up on YouTube until the copywrite owners figured out (that's my guess). I WOULD link you guys the video and time but now I'm going to have to be vague.. Does anyone know the name of the opera that starts playing after Salieri and Caterina are practicing scales with piano and voice? Whatever the name of the opera is, I absolutely love it.

Re: Mozart Appreciation Thread [Re: JoelW] #1961157
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I believe its "The Abduction from the Seraglio" whose setting is a Turkish Harem.


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Re: Mozart Appreciation Thread [Re: JoelW] #1966776
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I had lost my appreciation for Mozart many years ago (not even sure why) until yesterday when I had the opportunity to hear a live performance of Mozart's Rondo in A Minor (K511). It's a piece I have certainly heard before but was probably more focused on playing flashier pieces in my youth to take notice.

The performance was quite touching and the piece is hauntingly beautiful.

I am once again a fan!

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