For my friend Colonialist, for our entertainment…  You know to whom I’d like to sing this.
There are a good few such Mozart canons which lend themselves to such moments as these.
You’ll find the links at the Youtube site of this canon.

Violin Tricks

Mozart was in the habit of writing the most heavenly music.

He was also known not to hold back with comedy and ridicule.  (See “Will der Herr Graf ein Taenzchen mal wagen?” from “Figaro”.)

Some weighty voices (especially of psychologists in the field looking for sensationalism, and movie producers trying to rally publicity for “Amadeus”) have been trying to establish that Mozart had some psychiatric syndrome, i.e. Tourette’s.  This is patent nonsense.

  • At age 15 Mozart was the greatest violinist of his time, overshadowing his father Leopold who had been that before him.
  • One of the main identifying features of a Tourette syndrome are nervous tics.
  • You do not play violin with tics.  Let alone become the greatest violinist of your time.

The theory of Mozart’s “Tourette’s Syndrome” was based on the following:  His exuberant nature (“hyperactive” – but a sufferer of hyperactivity cannot draw a closed circle, let…

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  1. This canon when fired gives quite an explosion of mirth!
    Don’t people love basing theories on quite inadequate and slanted data? Also, become willing to be fed myths. Take Salieri, who is represented as having no talent and overawed by that of Mozart. Actually, Salieri wrote a lot of fine stuff and was highly regarded.

    • Salieri in fact was a good composer and some of his compositions are still played today. (I think one of his pieces is on our list for wedding music.) “Amadeus” was a movie about somebody… but it wasn’t about Mozart or Salieri.

      Ditto “The Immortal Beloved” is a complete misrepresentation of Beethoven. A good movie, especially the music (same can be said for “Amadeus”). But not a biography at all.

      Re Salieri, he held that post for a reason. His Fuerst was not going to put him out to pasture just because Mozart was undeniably more brilliant – why should he? That’s thinking in today’s terms of utilitarianism, not the friendship terms on which many of the court “staff” stood with their masters.

    • Actually, there is some question that Mozart was seen as that much more brilliant at the time. In the same way as Hummel was for some time more highly regarded than Beethoven.

    • Well, there was no doubt in either Salzburg or Wien among the populace and the nobility as to who was the better composer – they were whistling Mozart’s tunes in the streets. But certainly Salieri stood in higher regard at the court at that time, being an established composer of a high position. The respect equation wasn’t purely based on the music, but on a lifetime of respectability and good composition. Mozart was a wunderkind (as was Beethoven), and as a child he played with people like princess Marie Antoinette. Also, Mozart’s father Leopold was a greatly respected musician and composer, and the greatest violinist of his time.

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