I live in two worlds, it seems — that of music, and that of JFK assassination research. Cuba, of course, is central to many of the issues surrounding the assassination. Interesting that the MO should be the first orchestra to perform there since relations have been re-established…
I have spent the last two months focused on the JFK assassination and my presentation in at the JFKLancer conference in Dallas, which took place on November 23, 2013. It was a great honor to be asked to present on the JFK Presidential limousine, which has been my area of specialty since 1988. Here is a link to the text…
But now I am back in the world of music… 🙂
Thank you, I think you have made your case clear, but have misunderstood my point. It is that my position in regards to Mozart is that he had a different energy from other composers, and as a result, created differently. He seemed to do effortlessly what they struggled with. He held multiple pieces of music in his head at one time and just needed to find a quiet spot — or not– to jot them down. There was nothing Mozart could do about his being different, and everybody just hated him as a result. He could do no right. Even if he had been better at schmoozing and sucking up to people, they still would have detested him. In Mozart’s case, it is this difference in energy, still left in his music, that is called the “Mozart Effect”. It was a perfect gift — perfect in the way a perfect fourth or fifth is perfect, whereas a minor or major sixth is not. It didn’t matter what his nationality was. It so happened he was Austrian.
It seems to me Mozart was demonized even during his lifetime because he was different and presented a threat. In person, he was considered obnoxious because he didn’t ‘fit in’, even though he had a better understanding of music than others and was simply doing his best. So I don’t know if Mozart’s experience fits the logic of your argument…
With all due respect, yes and no. Hearing Mozart play his own music is the only way to get that close; the instrument is secondary imo. Mozart had a gift that was perfect.
Perhaps we can agree that RW was a flawed person who, in spite of his personal issues, managed to create music worthy of its still being performed 200 years after his birth. Perhaps that concept even gives hope to the rest of us…
“German conductor Christian Thielemann, the Bayreuth Festival’s unofficial musical director, contends in his own recent book entitled “My Life with Wagner” that music is per se non-political and that a “C-major chord is just a C-major chord”.”
That may be so, but is beside the point when the music has been used and represented as a political vehicle, not to mention, when the composer himself is so wrapped up in false thinking that one can argue whether or not anti-Semitism was deliberately injected, not into the music, per se, but into the operas.
With all due respect to CT, I think he (still) has his head in the sand…