Minnegeddon, Mr. Vanska, Mr Schrickel and The Bridge…

Pamela Brown:

Curious coincidences…

Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

On August 1, 2007 my grown children and I left the Twin Cities to perform for and participate in a birthday celebration the following day for my Mother in Washington, D.C.  As we practiced at a neighbor of my sister’s where we were staying (they had a piano) we were interrupted by very puzzling and horrifying news reports of a bridge collapse in the Twin Cities.  We rushed to a computer but the internet connection was extremely slow, and it was difficult to even get photos or information about the event.  We were stunned — this is the bridge we used regularly to go from my house to my childrens’ homes.  I had been on the bridge a day or so earlier.  I recalled that there was a lot of equipment in the middle of the bridge.  It seemed very strange at the time, but obviously, some repairs were needed…

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Die Zauberflote — the prophetic opera…What happens when characters morph? :-0

Pamela Brown:

As if there weren’t enough mystery…:-0

Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

Some time ago, after it had been pointed out to me by a member of Monostatos’ Orchestra that the opera Die Zauberflote had a connection to my family and me, my first reaction was one of relief, as so much about our lives had seemed confusing, especially to my (at that time small) children.  I thought, “Here are the answers.  Wolf has encoded it all in the opera.  I know the ending.  Everything is ok.”  I could not have been more mistaken.

The characters in the opera are clearly drawn, as they frequently are in opera.  They are either very good, or very wicked.  But is this so?  At the time the opera was first performed, critics were horrified at some aspects of the libretto.  The Queen of the Night, for example, did not seem to be clearly drawn.  There almost seemed to be two of them — a good…

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Why was Wolfgang Mozart despised?

Pamela Brown:

Let’s get this straight…

Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

In just about any book you pick up about Wolfgang Mozart you will find a few or a number of references to how conceited he was.  In fact, to many, it seemed that his arrogance had no end.  He was constantly correcting his colleagues in musical matters.  He enjoyed humiliating them, in fact, when they were especially pompous.  He was overbearing and, unfortunately for his victims, always right.  Did any of his colleagues during his life actually acknowledge the superiority of Mozart’s gifts to theirs?  Hardly.  They didn’t seem to have the time to do that — they were too busy cutting him down behind his back to rework him into something they were more comfortable with.  The result was the curious and infuriating ‘slander factory’ that accompanied Wolf wherever he went.  His colleagues, in short, could do no wrong, while he could do no right.  We even have a…

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A breath of fresh air for Berlin? from the Slipped Disc blog…

All eyes have been on the Berlin Phil recently as they worked to name a new Principal Conductor.  Mid-May they found themselves at an impasse.  Now they have made their choice…a fascinating one too.  Here’s my comment:

“It is charming that Mr. Petrenko was selected not simply for expediency, but for serious artistic merit. How delightful that he is considered shy and has a mystique.

Who cannot resonate to the idea of watching this man rise to the challenge in Berlin; perhaps not unlike King George VI tripping into power just prior to the start of WWII with the world holding its breath…

And I can’t help but wonder what his gifts and insights are regarding Mahler…and, of course, Mozart…:-)”

See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2015/06/kirill-petrenko-the-morning-after/#sthash.bg1kclRl.dpuf

Putting a square peg into a round hole? How not to evaluate Mozart…M4B*

Pamela Brown:

(You know I’m right…:-0)…

Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

One of the more annoying things I hear and read said about Wolfgang Mozart is that he was ‘not good with money.’  That he dealt with significant issues having to do with money is not the issue — it is that Mozart tends to be judged as a spendthrift.  Some have claimed he was a gambler.  All of this tends to color his achievements with something flagrantly negative.  And let’s not forget that usually those who knew him personally and then claimed he was ‘not good with money’ frequently did little or nothing to help him.  Even worse, some of them deliberately sandbagged him.

All of Wolf’s issues about ‘money’ started with his overbearing father Leopold, who claimed responsibility for creating the Mozart legend.  That he used a young child in a manner that nowadays might have (or at least should have) gotten him in trouble for exploiting a child…

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A few of the lessons to be learned from Mozart’s mistakes…M4B*

Pamela Brown:


Originally posted on The Other Mozart -- Locked-Out in Minnesota:

I can honestly say that were it not for all the information we have available about Wolfgang Mozart, and, most particularly, his own letters, I doubt that I would be here today.  It is said that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.  In my case, it seemed as though nothing made sense in my life until I looked at it from the perspective of Wolf and what had happened to him.  I vowed that I would not repeat his mistakes.

Hindsight is perfect, and, when I began to research Wolf’s life in depth, some time ago, I discovered early-on, as had just about everyone else, that Wolf made a lot of mistakes.  He was considered arrogant and selfish.  He was often politically-incorrect.  He was obnoxious.  He enjoyed making others squirm as he exercised his superior musical powers, correcting their mistakes and chiding them…

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