Echoes of Mozart

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Michael Nyman (Francesco Guidicini)

Mozart was directly responsible for over 600 works, a number of which are certifiable masterpieces.  What exactly that number is and who’s doing the certifying is a mystery for another day.  For today, the word to focus on in that first sentence is “directly.”  Because Mozart has also been responsible indirectly for hundreds of additional works, including quite a few that are successfully basking in his reflected glory.  On this edition of The Furthermore, we’ll hear echoes of Mozart, and sometimes outright plundering of Mozart, by contemporary composers like Michael Nyman, Louis Andriessen, and Gloria Coates.  Even musicians like Dave Brubeck and Edgar Meyer have borrowed from Mozart without actually using his music.  Brubeck lifted a title, and Meyer took the entire framework of a Mozart piece for his double concerto with Yo Yo Ma.  And Mozart’s love of Near Eastern music (Abduction From The Seraglio, Rondo Alla Turca, Violin Concerto #5) leads us into unexpected territory as well.

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Dave Brubeck – Blue Rondo A La Turk, excerpt
Dave Brubeck Quintet
Mozart – Rondo Alla Turca, excerpt
Jenö Jando, piano
Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante in Eb, K. 364, 2nd movement, excerpt
Gidon Kremer, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Vienna Phil.
Michael Nyman – Trysting Fields, Endgame, from Drowning By Numbers
The Michael Nyman Band
Louis Andriessen – Instrumental 2, from M Is For Man, Music, Mozart
Jurjen Hempel/Orkest de Volharding
Mozart/arr. Fasil Say – Alla Turca Jazz
Fasil Say, piano
Edgar Meyer – Double Concerto for Cello, Bass and Orchestra, 3rd movement
Yo Yo Ma, cello; Edgar Meyer, bass; Hugh Wolf/St. Paul Chamber Orch.
Mozart/arr. Jordi Savall – Rondo Alla Turca
Jordi Savall/Les Concerts des Nations, live at Carnegie Hall
Mozart/arr. Hughes de Courson – Symphonie Egyptienne No. 25
Milen Natchev/Bulgarian Symphony Orch. and Egyptian musicians
Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus
Riccardo Muti/Berlin Philharmonic, Stockholm Radio Chorus
Gloria Coates – Symphony #15, “Homage To Mozart,” 2nd movement, excerpt
Michael Boder/Vienna Radio Symphony Orch.

Comments [1]

PAUL cooper from Elizabeth, NJ

michael nyman band was great 1st time i heard it

Mar. 18 2017 09:26 PM

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