To my thinking. Mozart had an unusual gift. It was a perfect gift. It was perfect in the way a perfect fourth or fifth is…and a major or minor interval is not. So Mozart may have been at a disadvantage, because although he sensed that this was the case, it seemed that nobody would confirm it to him. Instead, they tended to claim that he was an arrogant and obnoxious egotist. So it ended up that Mozart was, in effect, destroyed by the lies of those around him, whether or not he was actually murdered. The objective seemed to be to steal access to his music, to which he had held all the rights.
So performers tended to perform Mozart’s music perhaps thinking that by doing so, not only had they taken over his music, but perhaps they could then ‘become’ Mozart themselves. However, this is not possible. Anyone performing Mozart, no matter how technically correct, could not duplicate the energy he exuded. If a performer were to add arrogance into the mixture, they might even run the risk of ending up performing anti-Mozart, or the music of Mozart intended to blot out this unique energy with which it was created…
There was no music for me that day either. My friends and i walked around outside listening to the first reports on a transistor radio.
It is my honor to give a presentation next week in Dallas, focusing on the limousine:
With all due respect, you seem to be missing my point. If I am correct, this is no longer an orchestra belonging to any city or state. It is becoming part of something extraordinary.
Ironically, at least the long-term of the players are probably aware of this, just perhaps in denial…
And once again, look for a “Monostatos” in the Minnesota Orchestra…
And reflect on Mahler’s last words…:-)
SDS says, “Mr. Cornell, you forget that the Minnesota Orchestra is the same orchestra as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra”
The significance of the name change of the Minneapolis Symphony to Minnesota Orchestra in the 70′s cannot be over-emphasized. Without anyone realizing it, it seems the orchestra was taken into a different dimension, so to speak, and that has resulted in nothing but turbulence.
For anyone interesting in a clue, all they need do is look to Mozart’s last major opera and a character with a name that is quite similar to “Minnesota”. Of course, there was no “Minnesota” in 1791.
One might also consider Mahler’s last words…:-0
SH said: Whoever is in charge of this debacle should be thrown out by its ear never to be seen and heard from again.
I agree. But from my standpoint there is one who led everyone else astray who has not yet been fully flushed out…a “Monostatos”, so to speak…:-0
Per “Seeking the Infinite”, the life of SS, the move to change the name from the Minneapolis Symphony to the Minnesota Orchestra was fraught with controversy. In fact, its history might be termed ‘tumultuous’ from that point on. Did even Mr. SS overlook the odd coincidence of the similarity of the new name to the name of an ill-fated character in Mozart’s last major opera? :-0