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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000097.txt from 2003/10

From: "Mark Charette" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Lying awake early in the morning (was: Tongue movements)
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 21:02:00 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nancy Buckman []
> At 09:17 AM 10/5/2003 -0700, you wrote:
> >
> >The savant might say "You have destroyed the music by pruning too much."
> >
> >And who was it who said Mozart wrote too many notes.......?
"The Emperor Joseph II's famous comment on Mozart's first Viennese opera Die
Entfuhrung aus dem Serail ('Too many notes, my dear Mozart, and too
beautiful for our ears') is probably apocryphal. But the alleged royal
critique does point to a recurrent problem in Mozart's music for
eighteenth-century listeners. The richness, intricacy and emotional
ambivalence, especially in the works from the mid-1780s onwards, that so
delight us today were often simply bewildering to his contemporaries.
Reviewing the six string quartets dedicated to Haydn, the writer in Cramer's
Magazin der Musik 9 complained that they were 'too highly seasoned - and
whose palette can endure that for long?'."

Piano Quartets (Hyperion)
Excerpts from the sleeve notes by Richard Wigmore (c)2003

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