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Classical Notes: September 18, 2006 Archive

The "big deal" about Mozart

Posted at 8:10 AM on September 18, 2006 by John Zech
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Amidst the many articles and books about Mozart during this, his 250th anniversary, an article in yesterday's New York Times by Anthony Tommasini does a great job I think, in looking at Mozart's development as a composer, what made him great, and how he might have "taken it to the next level" (as we say these days) if he had lived to age 70 or beyond, instead of dying at the age of 35.

If you want to get a better understanding of classical music's greatest poster boy, you could do worse than spend a few minutes reading "If Mozart Had Better Health Care."

Remix the Ring

Posted at 8:26 PM on September 18, 2006 by John Birge
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For their new opera house in Toronto, Canadian Opera Company is performing Wagner’s 4-opera, 19 hour-long epic, The Ring of the Nibelungen. The CBC is getting in on the party with all-Wagner marathon broadcasts and a huge companion website, including a "Remix the Ring" contest. And now, the moment you've been waiting for: The $1,000 prize of for the best remix of the Ride of the Valkyries goes to: Rhyme of the Nibelungen