Monday, January 14, 2008

RE; Little Joe

Lotta Mozart yesterday.
Johannes Chrisostomus Wolfgangus Gottleib Mozart, that is, not Leo.

Octava Chamber Orchestra at The Chapel played Symphony No 25, Sinfonia Concertante KV 364, and "Andante on a Mozart fragment" by Hans Ueckert.
In precisely the opposite order.
I've always had problems with little Joe's music.Personally I'm more of a Tinaturner/Mahlerite.
That is to say every piece of music should contain a world and should never never be "nice and easy".
Mozart always seems nice and easy.
And a little empty.
Mozart always seems glib and facile to me, as if he learned that entertainment equals survival before he had to grow up. (A theory supported by history)
Maybe if he had survived his fatal illness...

Anyway it sounded very nice.

I went to this performance to meet with Matthew Weiss, who will be playing, along with Alan Sharp, my violin duet at the same venue on 25 Jan 2008, 8:00pm.
I have mentioned this before and I will undoubtedly mention it again.
If you can't make it, listen to it here click "violin duet mp3"

Remind me to call my sister (they don't believe in computers) and invite her and Mack to drive their horse and buggy to the show.

Afterward, I rushed to my book group meeting where Jon Krakauer's "Under Banner of Heaven" was discussed.
The book is about God's dependence on cold blooded murders his will to be done.

Not my God, by the way.

The discussion included the famous "Mountain Meadow Massacre" Americas premier terrorist attack before the Oklahoma bombing. Both now trumped by 9-11.

Do not, whatever else you do, do not vote for Mitt Romney.
If you must vote for a Republican closet queen, make it McCain.



Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Ya' see gang, we learn something every day on this blog. Old Wolfie Mo had quite a moniker:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Born in Salzburg, Austria on Jan. 27, 1756; full name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Gottlieb Mozart; he was baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Mozart is named after his grandfather on his mother's side and after the Saint on his date of birth, Johannes Chrysostomus.

Man, that is almost too much to comprehend, enit?

The Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183/173dB, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart after the success of his opera seria Lucio Silla. Upon returning to Salzburg, he soon composed Symphony No. 24 in B flat (completed October 3, 1773). Just two days later he noted the completion date of Symphony 25 (October 5). Whether he truly composed 2 symphonies in a single week is unlikely, but the truth remains unknown.

The symphony is laid out in impeccable classical form:

Allegro con brio
This piece can be categorized as part of the Sturm und Drang artistic movement that was notable in Germany at the time. The only other minor key symphony from Mozart, 40 (which is also in G minor), may also be considered part of this movement along with other composers work at the time including Sturm und Drang symphonies of Joseph Haydn and Symphony in C minor by Joseph Martin Kraus. It is not just the minor key that excites and agitates the piece but the odd instrumentation - especially among the strings.

The Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (320d), was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

At the time of its composition in 1779, Mozart was on a tour of Europe that included Mannheim and Paris. The composition's complex orchestral dynamics reflects the increasing technical competence of the European orchestra of that era and was strongly influenced by Mozart's visit to the Mannheim court orchestra during his European tour of 1777 to 1779. Mozart had been experimenting with the Sinfonia concertante genre and this work can be considered his most successful realization in this cross-over genre between Symphony and Concerto.

The piece is scored in three movements for solo violin, solo viola, two oboes, two horns, and strings, the latter including two sections of violas.

The viola part is written in D major instead of E flat major, and the instrument tuned a semitone sharper (scordatura technique), to give a more brilliant tone. This technique is uncommon when performed on the modern viola and is used mostly in performance on original instruments.

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Presto.
The American composer and bassist Edgar Meyer was so interested in this work that in 1995 he wrote a double concerto for double bass, cello and orchestra that, while very different in style, closely mirrors the structure of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante.

The slow second movement is the best known, largely because of Michael Nyman's variations on it, used as the soundtrack to the Peter Greenaway film Drowning by Numbers. The original piece is also heard after each of the drownings in the screenplay.

This Sinfonia Concertante has influenced many arrangers to use these themes. There exists a Grande Sestetto Concertante for string sextet after the Sinfonia Concertante K. 364. All six parts are divided equally among the six players; it is not presented as soloists with accompaniment.

It has also been arranged for violin and cello and Orchestra.

Hans Ueckert, living in Hamburg, Germany, studied composition with Konrad Lechner in Darmstadt, musicology with Wilhelm Stauder and Theodor W. Adorno in Frankfurt/Main and Walter Gerstenberg in Tübingen, and psychology with Peter R. Hofstätter in Hamburg.

He holds a professorship at the University of Hamburg (retired). His particular interest is in psychologoy of composing. Therefore he is engaged in repeated studies of composition by 're-composing' lost or fragmentary works, in particular by Mozart (see a small sample of examples). These studies are ranging from chamber music through orchestral works up to operas. Thus the latest accomplishments have been the completion of the three fragmentary operas by Mozart, Zaide (from 1779/80), L'oca del Cairo and Lo sposo deluso (both from 1783), the latter two published as Due opere buffe by Edition Peters, Frankfurt/Main, in 2006.

The next up-coming event will be the completion of a Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, cello and orchestra which Mozart left unfinished in 1779 (the same year when he composed the Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra).

The Andante on a Mozart fragment is a re-composition of a lost concert piece for violin and orchestra which Mozart entered into his own catalogue on April 1, 1785, as "Ein Andante für die Violin zu einem Konzert", together with an incipit of four bars of the piece's beginning – the only music which has survived until now. Nevertheless, this fragmentary piece has got an own number in the Köchel catalogue, K. 470. The present composition is not necessarily exactly the same as Mozart composed it (because we cannot really know) but as near as possible in the style of Mozart's compositions of this time (of which the piano concerto in D minor, K. 466, is the most remarkable one). The performance by Stephen Daniels with the Octava Chamber Orchestra will be the world premiere of this re-composition of a lost Mozart piece.
In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. In Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer tells the story of the killers and their crime but also explores the shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism from which the two emerged. The Mormon Church was founded, in part, on the idea that true believers could speak directly with God. But while the mainstream church attempted to be more palatable to the general public by rejecting the controversial tenet of polygamy, fundamentalist splinter groups saw this as apostasy and took to the hills to live what they believed to be a righteous life. When their beliefs are challenged or their patriarchal, cult-like order defied, these still-active groups, according to Krakauer, are capable of fighting back with tremendous violence. While Krakauer's research into the history of the church is admirably extensive, the real power of the book comes from present-day information, notably jailhouse interviews with Dan Lafferty. Far from being the brooding maniac one might expect, Lafferty is chillingly coherent, still insisting that his motive was merely to obey God's command. Krakauer's accounts of the actual murders are graphic and disturbing, but such detail makes the brothers' claim of divine instruction all the more horrifying. In an age where Westerners have trouble comprehending what drives Islamic fundamentalists to kill, Jon Krakauer advises us to look within America's own borders. --John Moe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Veteran reporter Krakauer's insider look at the Mormon church translates well to audio thanks to his clean, by-the-book delivery. In 1984, brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty killed the wife and infant daughter of their brother Allen. Ron and Dan are fundamentalist Mormons, and their views-particularly their belief in the divine importance of polygamy-conflicted with those of their outspoken sister-in-law; accordingly, Dan received a revelation from God that he was to "remove" them for the greater good of His Kingdom. Dan, who was interviewed from prison, has no remorse for what he has done; after all, he maintains, why should he apologize for doing God's will? This segment is particularly chilling, as is Krakauer's unemotional delivery. Krakauer wisely eschews character voices and instead narrates the details of the crime and the history of the Mormon church in a no-nonsense fashion. The fascinating historical segments, though lengthy at times, serve a dual purpose: they explore the cultures that can give rise to religious fundamentalism and serve as a welcome reprieve in this highly emotional story.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Or if you are brave, and or foolish, vote for Hillary or Obama. Barack gives the best speeches of any politician in decades. He is populist, he is everyman, he is black, sort of, and God help us, he makes sense. Personally I don't think if he wins the nomination that he will get the redneck vote or the dipshit conservative good old boy and big business vote. He might get the "popular" vote, as Gore did, but then there is the electoral college, and the fascist thugs who fix elections to contend with. I fear with every fiber of my being that we shall continue to have a "Republican" president, that we will remain in Iraq for many more years, that we will deply troops in Iran, that Afganistan will slaughter the 3,000 men we have put there to comb 100,000 square miles of mountains to find a 6'5" man in a turban, who carries around a dialysis machine. But you are right, sir, this is not the time to elect a Mormon to the world's highest office; for we would rue the day.


6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Mozart always seems nice and easy.
And a little empty.
Mozart always seems glib and facile to me, as if he learned that entertainment equals survival before he had to grow up. (A theory supported by history)..."

And I thought I was the only one who felt this way!

8:21 PM  

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