Music Interlude: “You’re too Hung Up on Mozart!”

August 16th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

A friend who pays a lot of attention to the music I post up here was getting up in my grill re the fact that when it comes to classical, I only seem to find Bach and Mozart worthy of posts.

A fair critique, but in my defense, I’ve got many hundreds of CDs of lots of different types of music and composers, but somehow, as I’ve aged, I’ve winnowed what I listen to down to like maybe 30.  I’m not saying I’m proud of that but here’s the thing: at 57, I hope I’m around for many years to come, but there’s no getting away from the fact that I’m on the downslope.

So let’s do the math.  I enjoy listening to my most favorite pieces maybe once every four months, e.g., three times a year.  That means 90 more chances to listen to Bach’s Italian Concerto, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” Joe Henderson, Red Garland, and so on.  Plus I’ve got to squeeze in some of this economics silliness.

So, I just don’t have time to screw around with anything but the best.  Still, I should try harder, and so I thought I post the first movement of this Schubert Symphony that is also in my top listening circulation.  But…it turns out I a) already posted it, and b) said I liked it because it was “Mozartean.”

The only thing I can think to do in such a situation is to post more Mozart.  Here’s the first movement of another piece that’s in my top rotation, the flute quartet in D, bursting out from all sides with beautiful summer melodies!

Update: here’s the whole quartet, though I thought maybe they took the first movement a bit too quickly.  But dig the way the final fast movement grows out of the second slow movement…a perfect e.g. of what it’s so hard for me to spend time away from Mozart.

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7 comments in reply to "Music Interlude: “You’re too Hung Up on Mozart!”"

  1. mike shupp says:

    Some Wagner, please. I realize it’ll put a serious dent in your listening time for the rest of your life. OTOH, think of the pleasure of greeting Federal Reserve announcements with Ride of the Valkyries, or some suitable aria from Der Fliegende Hollander.

  2. Jill SH says:

    What about Beethoven? My favorite road trip tape for years was Isaac Stern/Bernstein/NYPhil recording of the Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61.

  3. JFC says:

    Why not try something contemporary. If you like Bach and you like jazz, how about the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues. Best of all is the recording by the great jazz pianist Keith Jarret.

  4. Charles E. Lewis, Jr. says:

    You must add Brahms Symphony #1 and Beethoven’s 9th to your must listen to list. Also Rachmaninoff 2 is worth a listen to.

  5. PeonInChief says:

    Hmm. I tend to like your selections, so I guess I’m less critical than others. I’m also impressed that you pick up selections from your children, as that helps to expand the ears of us who don’t have children and therefore have no idea what young people are talking about.

  6. Dave says:

    Economics is probably the most unethical pursuit in existence.