Happy birthday, Wolfgang

January 27, 2017

In honor of the birthday of Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (1756-1791), here is the final movement from his motet Exsultate, jubilate, sung by Norwegian boy wonder Aksel Rykkvin.


Some beautiful music for Sunday

February 21, 2016


Happy birthday, Wolfgang

January 27, 2016

In celebration of the 260th birthday of Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, here is a delightful transcription for two violins, viola, and cello of the final movement of his Piano Sonata No. 11, played by the Ivy String Quartet.


Some beautiful music for Sunday

March 15, 2015


Happy birthday, Wolfgang

January 27, 2014

Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was born in Salzburg, in what is now Austria, on this day in 1756. Although he lived only thirty-five years, he composed more music than one would think possible for a man who had lived a full three score and ten years. One of the most famous arias from one of his most popular operas is “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” (“Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart”) from The Magic Flute. Very few people are able to sing it, and I would hazard a guess that very few would be able to whistle it, either, but there is at least one — professional whistler Geert Chatrou. Here is his jaw-dropping performance of this diabolically difficult aria. If Mozart were still with us, I think he would approve.


Happy birthday, Wolfgang

January 27, 2013

Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was born in Salzburg, in what is now Austria, on this day in 1756. Although he lived only thirty-five years, he composed more music than one would think possible for a man who had lived a full three score and ten years. One of the most famous arias from one of his most popular operas is “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” (“Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart”) from The Magic Flute. Very few people are able to sing it, and I would hazard a guess that very few would be able to whistle it, either, but there is at least one — professional whistler Geert Chatrou. Here is his jaw-dropping performance of this diabolically difficult aria. If Mozart were still with us, I think he would approve.

 


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