This week, the 254th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart occurs. I recently played on an all-Mozart concert. We performed some choral works, the well-known Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and a piano concerto. Not required to be on stage for the Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, I was able to sit, watch and listen from the wings. Although this piece is extremely familiar, I found myself listening intently to the work, analyzing the harmonic progressions, and revisiting the occasional (and brilliant) asymmetry. What a remarkable piece. What a remarkable composer.
Grapes grow on vines. Some of the best grapes are nurtured and grown for wine production. There are bad wines, there are good wines, and there are excellent wines. They change and age with time. A nice table wine can be found on any table in Italy to accompany any dinner. It is simply “right” for its purpose. A fine wine… refined further becomes cognac. It becomes more intense, multidimensional and therefore takes on a different “purpose”. There are bad cognacs, good cognacs, and the precious few that are extraordinary.
Sound is everywhere. Organized sound can be categorized as music. There is bad music, there is good music, and there is great music. Then there is the music of Mozart… refined further. It does not change or improve with age. It was born of brilliance, and remains so for the ages. We change in the way we hear, analyze, ponder and enjoy Mozart’s music.
No one can define your favorite wine but you. No one can establish a best cognac for you to enjoy but you. This week, I hope to enjoy Mozart and Rémy Martin.
Happy Birthday, Herr Mozart.