A Mozart Piano Trio to Recover from a Flu

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Rest. © Charles Thibo

As a rule I don’t fall ill. I just don’t. But this time I did. A flu got hold of me out of the blue on a wonderful sunny weekend. Monday morning was not funny. A sleepless night, a head so dizzy I had trouble keeping my balance – back to bed then! But I am restless person as you know. Staying in bed all day was a frightening outlook! Especially against the backdrop that it was going to be one more sunny autumn day. There was little I could do however. Reading a book was out of question, at least during that morning. Music? Perhaps. I had a foreboding that Mozart would work, some chamber music, something to calm me down, to relax, to drown in benevolent sounds, to drift away and to make the day pass quickly.

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A Sweet Intoxication from Mozart’s Pen

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Lieblich. © Charles Thibo

Today’s society emphasizes perpetual self-improvement, and, considering my limited physical and intellectual capacities, I regularly resort to full-scale doping. I am not speaking of wine, mind, as the picture illustrating this post could suggest. I confess being an addict of Mozart’s piano concertos, and they invariably give me a boost. Here, Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major (KV 413) is a true force multiplier. It is extremely pleasant to the ear – the Austrian wine connoisseur would say “lieblich”, which denotes a pleasant sweetness. And the melodies Mozart has woven into the piece are true earworms.

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Of Treacherous Men and Strong Women

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From my garden with love. © Charles Thibo

Is there any Italian opera libretto without a complicated plot? A straightforward love story, a cloak-and-dagger story, a simple lost bride drama – is that asking too much? Apparently. I love Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “La finta giardiniera” (The Disguised Gardener, KV 196), but when I had a look at the libretto – oh boy! Intertwined romantic liaisons, disguises, wedding plans – I always find life at Italian courts rather confusing. Anyway, the less known opera that Mozart wrote in 1774 for the carnival in Munich is a worthwhile experience. The music is just lovely and foreshadows both Mozart’s dramatic genius and his late operas “Le nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni”.

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A Serenade for Vienna’s Music Lovers

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Strolling through Vienna… © Charles Thibo

A year ago I was in Vienna, and being Vienna always makes me happy. I was done with work, i.e. meetings at the Vienna International Center hosting several UN agencies, and I had time for a stroll through the municipal park. I was on my own, I sat on a bench and I enjoyed Mozart’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, KV 452. A beautiful piece and a remarkable one for Mozart had some very special ideas on his mind.

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