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By BlueOregon (Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 05:18:49 PM EST) (all tags)

Thank you, Falco:

Er war ein Punker
Und er lebte in der großen Stadt
Es war Wien, war Vienna
Wo er alles tat

Inside: Keeping it brief; just me, this day in "German" culture, and whatever ... your favorite Mozart piece?



I

It's a curious thing, but after 18 days of uptime my iBook's wireless decided to go bonkers.

Which is to say, claim it could not maintain a nice steady connection. It failed to recognize available access points. Why 18 days this time? I don't know. I've had similar issues after medium uptimes before.

I also need to get a new battery.

II

1756, Salzburg, January 27, Wolfgang Amadeus is born
1761, at the age of five Amadeus begins composing
1773, he writes his first piano concerto
1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart marries Constance Weber
1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart becomes a free mason
1791, Mozart composes "The Magic Flute"
On December 5th of that same year, Mozart dies
1985, Austrian rock singer Falco records
... Rock Me Amadeus!

I'm not sure that I have a "favorite" Mozart piece. The following come to mind as possibilities:

  • Piano Concert no. 20 in d minor, K. 466: I'm particularly fond of the 1st movement (allegro), which has a rather long lead-in before the piano begins.
  • Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 ("Haffner"): Again, it's the 1st movement (allegro con spirito) that grips me the most, though it begins a bit pompously, but I think I prefer (of these two) ...
  • Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 ("Prague"): It's the playful 1st again (adagio allegro), this time after an atypically slow (but not quite ponderous) introduction that is the combination of something swirling and something haunting.
  • Violin Concert No. 3 in G, K. 216: It begins delightfully but a bit more than a third through the first movement there are some darker and more melancholy moments.
  • Requiem in d minor, KV 626: Where to begin? There's the Kyrie, which establishes a wonderful momentum; the up-tempo and forceful Dies Irae (not to be confused with the even more furious one by Verdi [Karl Jenkins' is curiously appealing]); or even the schizophrenic Confutatis.
  • The Magic Flute: "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" ("The vengeance of hell boils in my heart") is in d minor, enough for me to like it, but I also like it as an example of what can be done with the human voice.

The 1st movement of the No. 25 makes me think of Amadeus. I'm also leaving out the solo piano music, which is the stuff I actually have experience playing.

My undergrad adviser once commented and claimed that young people enjoy Beethoven, but it takes age to appreciate Mozart.

III

Days Without:

  • Alcohol: 27
  • Ice Cream: 27
  • Finishing a book: 5
  • Finishing a comic: 0
  • Watching a movie: 0
  • ...?

The Order 5, 6, and 7 were "decent" but the series seems to have lost its formal focus (on character development, dialogue and humor) as it has developed a series of plot-arcs. It's gone from form to formula, though at the moment it's still better written than most of the Marvel team books (faint praise?)—some of the plotting, while now getting past the introduce-the-characters into the big-stuff phase, seems ... stretched thin, a dab here and there.

Also, a few links: In the Heart of the Heart of Conspiracy (a review of and essay on a new book about ol' Joe McCarthy, the Wisconsin politician the rest of us like to forget about); The Story of Stuff (I believe devtrash provided the link earlier); reviews of Astonishing X-Men 24 and X-Men 207 at The X-Axis; Gordon B. Hinckley dead.

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The Requiem by joh3n (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 06:03:43 PM EST
Is perfection, as long as you don't include the parts where his understudy worked out some bits.  Hell, just end the damn piece with Lacrimosa.

I bought my father the complete Mozart cd set.  170 cds or something like that.  Now I'm jealous.

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I just ate about 7 pounds of meat
-theantix

Dear Oregon Esq. by Phage (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 05:04:21 AM EST
before Christmas you linked to a poem by a dead german poet about sex and love. I've lost my link. If you could re-post that would be great, and I'd owe you a beer...

I will get back to you on that ... by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 08:14:06 PM EST

... in the near future.

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Much appreciated by Phage (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 10:15:02 PM EST
Really liked that one.

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done, for some value of 'done' by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 07:13:07 PM EST

It should be one of the ones I linked to in the most recent diary. It's possible it's from the West-Eastern Divan, which I covered the rest of the month of October. The WED is also about love, but much less about sex, whereas the Roman Elegies and Venetian Epigrams (end of October) count among Goethe's "erotic poetry." Let me know whether I got the right one.

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Unfortunately not by Phage (2.00 / 0) #6 Sun Feb 03, 2008 at 10:39:02 PM EST
It must have been earlier. The sex was not blatant but shimmered beneath the words. Partly why I want to find it again. Very, very clever.

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