February 14th, 2008

Mr. Twister


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Mr. Twister

Chicago Philharmoniker, 1 oz.

Прослушали концерт Мицуко Учиды! Моцарт:
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415
Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488

Если снимать фильм по рассказу Пелевина Бубен Верхнего Мира, сразу ясно, кого надо пригласить на роль Тыймы.

А ботанического аспекта вот этой истории я не осознавал, прочел в программке: Although a rare plant bears his name, the esteemed botanist Ludwig Alois Ferdinand Ritter von Köchel is remembered today for leaving the single first letter of his last name to Mozart scholarship. One can scarcely study piano as a child without noticing the mysterious K. 545 printed after the Sonata in C major, the one Mozart himself labeled "for beginners," to the perpetual consternation of determined young fingers. The K. stands for Köchel, we are told, and that is sometimes all we can remember in later years, having long ago given up on daily practice.

Köchel's catalog first appeared in 1862; he had been collecting information and tracking down music for more than a decade. Although he studied law at the University of Vienna and later specialized in mineralogy and botany, it was his lifelong devotion to Mozart, tempered by his methodical mind and a predisposition to taxonomy, that led to the most important work of his career: the first systematic attempt to catalog the output of a major composer. Köchel assigned a number, gave the opening musical line, listed instrumentation, and provided information about the autograph and any printed editions for each piece he thought authentic, from K. 1, a childhood harpsichord piece, to K. 626, the requiem left unfinished at Mozart's death.
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