Something for ol’ Wolfgang

Unless your head has been in a hole, or you just don’t pay attention, today marks the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth. My how the years fly by, why it seems like just yesterday that he was putting together his first composition at the age of 5, and now he’s been dead for 214 years. So sad, dead at 36. The closer I get to 36 the more I totally don’t think that age is old. I love classical music more than anyone I know, save for my friend Leah who I haven’t talked in awhile. Mozart is no exception, he wrote so much in such a short time, it’s amazing. I love listening to the complexities of his music. Even songs that you’ve heard a million times are really quite excellent when you sit down and actively listen. For instance everyone and their mom has heard Rondo Alla Turca Sonata in A No 9 K331 (Turkish March) a million times, but if you really close your eyes and listen to it, I find that it becomes so much more than you usually realized. Re-learning how to play the piano definately opens your eyes as to what is going on. Another smash hit of Mozart’s is one that you used to sing all the time as kid is “Ah vous dirais-je, Maman” or more commonly known as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Now before you go on I suggest you click that twinkle twinkle little link. If you never have, you need to hear the real version of this song in all its glory, instead of the toned-down bastardized version played in Care Bear paws across the nation. Go ahead….listen



Pretty crazy huh? Sorry about the recording quality, its the best I could do to share the whole song. I think the thing that simply amazes me the most is the fact that we still have his music around today, hundreds of years after it was written we are able to still hear it and play it. I think that’s cool.

I’ll leave you with a little treat before I go. This is a piano Sonata that I believe was written in his early years (see preteen-early teens). It’s something that I had never heard, so maybe you haven’t either. Sit back and enjoy the exquisite playing and let the sultry notes rest upon your drums. Join me and raise a glass to one of the best composers (IMHO) that ever graced this earth. Sonata no. 8 in Am.
Thanks Wolfgang.


  1. mego said,

    January 29, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    yes, it’s all good stuff.
    What happened to your website. you changed how it looks. i almost didn’t recognize it. it looks good. nice and clean cut, like your haircut.

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