My Mozart

Friday, November 01, 2013

Do you remember the first time you heard Mozart? Or maybe his music is permanently tied to a moment in your life? On Friday, Nov. 1, WQXR kicks off Month of Mozart, a celebration of the composer who has racked up more recordings than any other — nearly 10,000 — created masterpieces in every genre he attempted, and who today is sampled by rock stars and rap artists and on movie soundtracks and video games.

"I find myself glad to be alive, overjoyed to be in the same world with such sounds." — Scott Burnham, in his book "Mozart Grace"

So we want to know, what does Mozart mean to you? Everyone who shares his or her Mozart memory through the form below will be entered to win Mozart Edition: Complete Works, a 170-CD set. (See the complete contest rules.) Your story may also be shared on-air or online.

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Comments [7]


Folks, thanks for your great comments here. Please also remember to leave your stories using the form above so that you can be entered into the contest to win the box set. Thanks!

Nov. 01 2013 01:35 PM
Mark Greenberg from IRT Number 1 Train

You do not have to enter me into the contest as this poem was already published by the late Light Quarterly (Winter 2000/2001) and Mozart gave me a terrible time until I finished it! (Even dead composers have quite an ego.)

To Mozart
Mozart, if you care at all for what is past
Since that chill December day
You turned to face the wall
And set aside your art to breathe your last
Damp draught of air, perhaps you'll note
That for our part, we have not let
A jot of what you wrote,
Fall out of play
Even for an instant of each day
The ether holds all suspended sans decay
As undiminished, no note may die away.

But should our passion fail to span
The full octave of your art
Then you must know that for our part
We clever apes have done what we can
Today our gamut makes its run
From naught to one
And back again;
We cannot get

Each tethered to the wheel
Stuck between stations
Heel to heel
We wait.
As manifestations
Embudded in an ear
One seat away
Make not quite clear
Sense of a minuette
And late--and getting later
We forget:
There is
A golden core to art
A central strand, an unseen part
That can conduct
Past the years
(Without loss!)
Hand to hand
And join us
Heart to heart.
Heart to

Nov. 01 2013 01:20 PM
Paul Kaufman from Bergenfield, NJ

To me, Mozart represents a unique area of calm in a chaotic world. His music provides a respite from the tensions and stresses of a highly programmed existence dominated by impersonal technology. Above all, the inexpressible loveliness of every work he created offers a measure of hope--hope that beauty will triumph over all the tragedy and uncertainty which surround us.

Nov. 01 2013 11:56 AM
GCL from Astoria Queens

Yes indeed Nicola Gandolfi a truly amazing comment and it definitely needs to be said often.

Nov. 01 2013 11:15 AM
Susan from Hudson Valley, NY

When I was a semi-impoverished 20-something in New York City in the mid-1970s, one of the highlights of each year was the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in August. My recollection is that I bought a little book of tickets and attended every concert in the Festival.

Now, going back to NYC for the annual Mozart Festival is Number 2 on my "bucket list". Number 1 on my list is attending the annual Mozart Week held in Salzburg every January.

Nov. 01 2013 10:30 AM
concetta nardone

Nicola Gandolfi: What a lovely comment.

Nov. 01 2013 09:40 AM
NICOLA GANDOLFI from Parma, Italia

I was told often in the left side of the brain sits a boring executive and in the right an exotic hippie. To me Mozart means them dancing to the beat of human hearth.

Nov. 01 2013 04:34 AM

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About Month of Mozart

Mozart is arguably the most admired and most adapted composer in the history of Western music. He has the most recordings (nearly 10,000 in print and has been referenced endlessly in popular culture. His life has been filtered through many theories of genius and creativity – some plausible, others outlandish. Unlike many composers, Mozart has never gone out of fashion, in part because his music has come to stand for so many aspects of classical music. Throughout November, WQXR celebrates Mozart's work through concert broadcasts, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.