Friday Musical Interlude: Secret Weapon Version

July 29th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

So lemme get this straight.

The economy is bumping along the bottom in GDP terms, the job market is stalled, families are strapped, and the potential breaching of the debt ceiling is literally hours away.

And while all this is going on, the House of Representatives is trying to figure out how to pass a bill—the Boehner plan to raise the debt ceiling in two stages, meaning we’re back in this debate in a few months—that the Senate will not pass.

There’s only one solution, an antidote so potent that I was reluctant to bring it out until I was sure it was necessary.

I speak, of course, of Mozart’s Piano Concerto #23, movement 1.  The most over-steeped tea-partier, upon a close listen to this music, would rush to compromise on a plan that balanced spending cuts with new revenues.

And for those who like to follow along, an extra-special treat: a link to the score!

This has been a tough week, wherein I’ve posed tough questions to myself and others.  Here’s another one: how could a human write down all the little black notes in that score and have them come out sounding so beautiful?

I’m also compelled, in the midst of this Mozart-induced self-reflection, to ponder the plight of other people in other countries facing far worse troubles than a dysfunctional Congress.  Might make sense to give the DC craziness a rest and focus on some other trouble spots for awhile.

(I’m terribly sorry this recording ends at the cadenza, but besides that, it was by far the best one I could find on the net.)

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11 comments in reply to "Friday Musical Interlude: Secret Weapon Version"

  1. Sequana says:

    Ah……Wolfie always makes me feel better. Thx. 🙂


  2. Skye Winspur says:

    Mozart died in 1791–just as the Jacobins were plunging France into an economic abyss.


  3. Dilip says:

    Because you said Mozart, I can’t help but direct you to this piece:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4GkdXoJhY

    of my favorite composer.


  4. Matt says:

    Here’s an excellent recording of this concerto, if you don’t need to see the performance (and enjoy period instruments):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEHFEjkOsGE


    • Matt says:

      PS — I think it’s great that you’ve been linking to classical music. Maybe there’s hope for us classical musicians after all!


  5. 1618 says:

    To be honest, I’m feeling more like the second movement! (Brendel/Marriner)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xfq3pJqfyM

    If you’re after scores, The Petrucci Library, http://imslp.org/ (back online after a spurious legal/copyright scare) is a truly awesome resource.


  6. Ellie says:

    Great choice! He is one of my all time favorite classical composers.


  7. John says:

    Really, no kidding, my favorite Mozart piece is “Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata” – “The Marriage of Figaro, or The Day of Madness…”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikQNFqVkNNc

    Named for a comic opera, which according to Wikipedia, “was at first banned in Vienna because of its satire of the aristocracy, considered dangerous in the decade before the French Revolution”.

    Reminds me of all those Looney Tunes cartoons we used to watch on Saturday mornings. If I recall, it was Elmer Fudd that used it as background music. But that’s not why I like – it’s just a fun piece. 8^)


  8. Jackson says:

    A nice choice, JB! Mozart was a musical radical, in some sense, who nevertheless always drove to the center. There was not enough music publishing to allow him to profit from his compositions – copyright rules were for the most part nonexistent. And yet, he defined musical tastes for at least a generation. Well into the 1800s, there were people willing to embark upon a Mozart pilgrimage, and Constanze would always be there to welcome them.

    We frequently try to picture genius outside the bounds of normality, but normality is such a poor measure of anything in particular.


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