My tribute to Mozart

Today, December 5th we are conmemorating the 222 years anniversary of the death of the greatest composer of all time (along with Beethoven), Wolgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

Mozart died on December 5th of 1791 at age 35.

So, that’s the reason why we are making a tribute to “the prodigy of Salzburg”, Wolgand Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart composed over 600 works including operatic, symphonic, chamber, concertante and choral music.

Mozart, along with Beethoven, is the most famous composer of classical music around the world.

I have to say that my love for Mozart began with his Operas.  When I started to listen to Mozart’s Operas, I became a fan.

The first of his Operas that I saw was “Don Giovanni” and It was love at first sight.  I totally understood why many experts consider “Don Giovanni” the “Opera of Operas”, in other words, a masterpiece.  I loved all the arias, the music, the libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, everything!

It was conducted by Herbert von Karajan and with Samuel Ramey as Don Giovanni and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello.

After “Don Giovanni”,  the second of Mozart’s operas that I loved is “Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).  Again, the music, arias, the magnificent libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, everything, my love for Mozart was stronger and bigger.  German Bass singer René Pape is my favorite Sarastro!

Later, of course, I saw  “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “La Clemenza di Tito”, “Idomeneo”, “Così fan tutte” and  “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” and I declared myself an incondicional fan of Mozart.

I also love Mozart’s solo concertos, piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies, Piano Concertosa and religious music but it was his Operas that made me being a huge fan of Mozart.

Of course, I also love the famous Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and the Piano Sonata No. 11 “Rondo alla Turca”. 

S9me interesting Trivia: Köchel catalogue.

For unambiguous identification of works by Mozart, a Köchel catalogue number is used. This is a unique number assigned, in regular chronological order, to every one of his known works. A work is referenced by the abbreviation “K.” or “KV” followed by this number.

For example, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor was, according to Köchel’s counting, the 626th piece Mozart composed. Thus, the piece is designated K. 626 or KV 626. Köchel catalogue numbers are not only an attempt to establish a chronology of Mozart’s works, but also provide a helpful shorthand to refer to them.

The first edition of the catalogue was completed in 1862 by Ludwig von Köchel. It has since been repeatedly updated, as scholarly research improves knowledge of the dates and authenticity of individual works.

In the decades after Mozart’s death there were several attempts to catalogue his compositions, but it was not until 1862 that Ludwig von Köchel succeeded.

Köchel’s 551-page catalogue was titled Chronologisch-thematisches Verzeichnis sämmtlicher Tonwerke W. A. Mozart’s (Chronological-thematic Catalogue of the Complete Musical Works of W. A. Mozart).                        The catalogue included the opening bars of each piece, known as an incipit.

Köchel attempted to arrange the works in chronological order, but the compositions written before 1784 could only be estimated. Since Köchel’s work, many more pieces have been found, re-attributed, and re-dated, requiring three catalogue revisions. These revisions, especially the third edition by Alfred Einstein (1937), and the sixth edition by Franz Giegling, Gerd Sievers, and Alexander Weinmann (1964), incorporated many corrections.

 

Long live Mozart and his beautiful music!

 

A Tribute to Mozart!
Jacqueline
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