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253 years young


The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert that I wrote about yesterday was a celebration of Mozart's birthday. Today is the actual day he was born, in Salzburg, 253 years ago.

So let's have some fun with him today.

The age of the Internet is wonderful where Mozart is concerned. There are all kinds of treasures out there for Mozart fans.

There is the site Here you can browse through hundreds of portraits of Mozart, in categories including Authentic, Inauthentic and my favorite, Caricatures and Fantasy. ("Mozart with Guitar," anyone? It shows Mozart with a rock guitar.) This site is where I got the pictures I ran yesterday and also where I found the picture above, which is a 19th century glimpse of Mozart writing his Requiem.

Here is a cartoon on YouTube someone posted in a piano group on Yahoo! I look into every now and then. It is an Italian animator's interpretation of Mozart's beginner Piano Sonata K. 545. The performance is very good and the animation is a lot of fun.

Here is a version of the great G Minor Symphony that is darned funny.

One fan's site has a list of Mozart in the movies. Who knew that one of his quintets was played in "When Harry Met Sally"?

Mozart liked puzzles and numbers and word games and once he came up with a dice game that would let you write your own minuet.Play the game here. If anyone plays it let me know how it goes!

You can find clips on YouTube of Kenneth Branagh's creative take on "The Magic Flute." The opera is in English and set during World War I. Just for a taste of it here is the overture. I like how it brings out the dark -- terrifying, really -- side of a piece of music we tend to take for granted.

It is hard to top that so maybe I should stop here.

Wait! I can't! There is this one other video that my friend and fellow Mozart fan Art Russ, who works downtown at Phillips Lytle, just sent me. The two guitarists in this clip are amazing.

That is the great thing about Mozart.

The wonders never cease!

-- Mary Kunz Goldman



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