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JoeyandDavid

Happy Birthday Mozart

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Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg on January 27th, 1756. His birth name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. His father, Leopold Mozart, also a musician, taught him how to play the organ and the violin. By the time he was five years old, Amadeus had already written his first composition!

A year later, in 1762, Mozart traveled to Vienna to play for Empress Maria Theresa in the beautiful hall of mirrors at Schönbrunn Palace. After the concert, he jumped into the Empress’ lap and hugged and kissed her. Overnight the child prodigy became the talk of Vienna and his famous reputation only grew from there. A charming painting at Schönbrunn Palace portrays his enthusiastic kiss.

At the age of 35, Mozart became ill with a fever and died December 5th, 1791. He was in the process of writing the "Requiem." In his short 35 years, he composed an amazing 626 works.<]

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We are very aware that today is Mozart's birthday, since he had the good sense to be born exactly 219 years, to the day, before the birth of our first child, Jeffrey. Are you sure we're celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday, and not Jeff's 31st? Tonight we're taking Jeff and three friends out to celebrate his birthday.

Jeff has been aware of his common birthday with Mozart ever since he (Jeff) took up music at age 12 or so.

Radio stations and cultural institutions here have made a big deal of WAM's birthday. For example, one classical station and several college stations have been saturating the airways with Mozart. All of the local orchestras are having special Mozart concert programming. The Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts (formerly sponsored by Texaco) played Magic Flute last Saturday afternoon, and another Mozart opera (I believe it's Cossi fan Tutti) tomorrow. WQXR, the main NYC classical station, has had evening programming from Saltzberg (winter Mozart festival) all week. For classical music lovers such as us, it would be difficult NOT to know that today is Mozart's birthday. It will be a relief to hear some Beethoven next week, even though we love Mozart.

Enjoy it everone. Relax, listen to Eine kleine nachtmusic, and drink a glass of champagne in honor of Mozart.

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