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Classical Notes: August 10, 2012 Archive

Hearing Mozart for the First Time

Posted at 12:47 PM on August 10, 2012 by Daniel Gilliam (1 Comments)

Right now on Cedar Street, outside my office window, several large machines are installing light rail infrastructure. It's not a quiet process. There are days when an incessant pounding becomes the canvas for any music or conversations. I've learned to ignore it. In fact, when there is silence, it seems abnormal and rude. All of this prefaces my reaction to this story by "Austin," who, with advances in technology, has new hearing aides that have allowed him to hear music for the first time.

After listening to everything from Mozart to Sigur Ros, this piece moved Austin to tears:

Mozart - Requiem - Lacrimosa from floriploiesteanu on Vimeo.

Imagine hearing Mozart for the first time.

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