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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart And Music Central Characters For Visitors To Salzburg

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.01.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Tom Hook, the New Orleans jazz pianist sitting next to me at the Mozart dinner concert my last night in Salzburg explained his presence at the event w...

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph By Jan Swafford

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Whether in his definitive biography of Ives, his meditation on Brahms or in this most recent offering, Swafford gets to the core of the man and deep inside the music.

And the Banned Play On

Glen Roven | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

So far this season at the Met I have seen three sensational shows, The Marriage of Figaro, The Death of Klinghoffer and most recently Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Dazzling Debuts Lend Panache to Washington Opera's Magic Flute

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Beyond the nonstop stream of colorful images, what I admired was an impressive group of artists, many of whom were making their WNO debut in this beloved Mozart work.

Hurray to Pope Francis and MOCA Trustees

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

First of all, a belated Happy New Year to you, my friends. May I ask what is on your list of New Years' resolutions? Oh, never mind your waistline. Wh...

Lennon-McCartney Melodies Linger On and On, Across the Universe

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

When I asked friends who've put in their 10,000 hours of intense pop music listening to pick a favorite melody from the past 50 years, there was no do...

Disappearing Music

David Finckel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I've never before said a final goodbye to a piece of music, but just before Christmas I packed up two enormous suitcases of quartet music and took it to my basement storage bin. It was a strange sensation, somewhat ghoulish, like burying one's self alive.

Does Bachar el-Assad like Mozart?

Dionysios Dervis-Bournias | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Dionysios Dervis-Bournias

'Emotion can be the most reactionary of feelings.' I was 28 when I left an interpretation class at Alfred Brendel's London residence with this phras...

Dirty Flirting With Young Mozart

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.05.2012 | Home

His fugues may have been perfection, but when it came to other forms of expression, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stayed rough. Or so it seems from the lett...

Casanova and Giovanni

Kim Witman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Casanova was a friend of Lorenzo da Ponte, the man who wrote the words to Mozart's Don Giovanni. Casanova, Lorenza da Ponte, and Don Giovanni. A frighteningly powerful intersection of virility, machismo and hubris.

From Page to Stage: Don Giovanni

Kim Witman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
Kim Witman



Don Giovanni was a womanizer -- one beside whom Don Draper would pale. But it was not this Don's philandering, but the way in which he held himself above God and all morality that shocked Mozart's audiences most.

Subversive Reverence: Timothy Andres Re-Imagines Mozart's "Coronation" Concerto

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.21.2012 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Composer and pianist Timothy Andres's take on the subject of demigods in art is far removed from conventional Romanticism: "We like to imagine that our artists have this kind of divine inspiration. I think if they say they do, they're probably having you on," says Andres.

Mozart At The Movies

Posted 01.30.2012 | Home

Today marks the would-be 256th birthday of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Throughout his life, Mozart created more than 600 classical pieces. Thoug...

The Shadow of Your Sib

George Heymont | Posted 01.14.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Much has been written about the care and nurturing of the gifted child. Far less advice is available on the care and nurturing of those children who perpetually stand in the shadow of a gifted child.

Mozart The Catholic: What Could Have Been

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

Events were once set in motion that would have changed the history of sacred music forever. But we can only guess what Mozart's popular music for Catholic liturgies would have sounded like.