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    Hello,

    I feel that I have been in the company of whom many people regard as the world's greatest composer, Wolfgang Amade Mozart. I have just returned from Austria and took time to visit his place of birth and residence in Salzburg. I stood in the very room he was born, walked the very same, original, wide-planked floorboards under the very same, original ceiling he knew. I was within breathing distance of the tiny violin he learnt to play on as a child and of his concert violin and fortepiano. Later I went on to the house he moved to with his family at the age of 18 and there, within reaching distance was Mozart's own magnificent koncertflugel (concert grand fortepiano).

    I think those of you reading this post can imagine the emotional and spiritual thoughts and feelings experienced. I already had a recording of music played on Mozart's concert grand and now yearned to hear his fortepiano and violin, thinking that I would never experience this. You can imagine my delight when I discovered recordings were available and I parted with my 60 euros eagerly for the set of four CDs. I think it was the last set available. I haven't stopped listening to them since.

    As a very amateur and dabbling composer I felt distinctly inadequate during this experience. Through the last forty years music I have written has been performed by amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians, including two operas. Now I realise just how humble even my finest effort is when in the presence of a master. I have to admit the feeling of there not being any point in continuing with my pathetic attempts at composition. Again, I believe that those of you reading this will understand. However, no doubt I shall continue painting those little marks on those never ending lines and in those spaces with the feeling that master is looking over my shoulder.

    I have produced some samples of those recording of Mozart's music played on his very own fortepiano, concert grand and his concert violin for you to listen to if you wish. I have also included some photos and a little commentary. You can visit these at: www.michaelsroom.btinternet.co.uk/mozart.htm I do hope you will call in and listen to this remarkable music and that you will enjoy your visit.

    I have contacted Gary to try to persuade him to sample an ealy pianoforte. I'm trying to imagine if he obtained permission to sample Mozart's own instuments. I think I would be too nervous to even attempt a composition using those patches.

    Thank you for sharing these experiences with me.
    Michael
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    Great site Michael!

    Enjoyed the mp3s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_uk
    Thank you for sharing these experiences with me.
    Hi Michael,
    I take a tour of your link and I have spent some beautiful moment listening the piece you posted there!
    Ah, what instruments and what music!!!!
    I agree with you: every time I compose something that seems to be a little bit nice (for me, I mean), it become a bad thing when I hear something of the great masters!!!
    Actually, I have to say that many people that compose are amateurs (like me), and they didn't receive any academic learning.
    So I think that your own music have to be considered the highest expression of your self, and on my own I write music because I love to comunicate with notes what I feel!!!
    So I will never reach the top, as the great masters did, but I will feel satisfied of what my music will cause, in term of emotions, to any people that will listen it!!!

    My best regards to you,
    and thank you very much for posting this.
    Thank you for sharing these experiences with me!!!

    Sincerely,
    Roberto

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    Re: In the Company of, perhaps, the World's Greatest Composer.

    I think if Mozart was able to post right here in this forum, it would be something like this.
    Dan


    Greetings and salutations to all,

    I have been watching and listening, and I don't know why you keep referring to me as the master, there is only one of those.
    I have heard some of the music posted here, and I must say that some of it is very confusing to me, some sounds I have never laid ears on before. As far as the debate of whether or not your writing is equal to mine, I find it extremely refreshing. I have to agree with the post that Roberto wrote, just write music that conveys your innermost feelings. It will be great, and will indeed affect the listener the same way, unless they just don't understand it.

    Must go, I have some coffee getting too hot!

    Wolf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_uk
    Hello,

    I feel that I have been in the company of whom many people regard as the world's greatest composer,...
    And then reading the title, I was convinced you were in Lipzieg or Eisenach...

    ...anyway I agree that a visit in Mozart's land is an exciting experience for every "pure" musician: a dive in the music history.

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    I would love to visit the place! There's something inspirational about knowing you are in the presence the actual belongings that belonged to the same guy who wrote the music you love so much. Thanks for sharing your experience!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    The community college choir I used to sing in wen on tour of Italy, Austria and Germany in 1996. It was fantastic. We sang High Mass on Sunday in St. Peter's Basillica in Rome, We also sang in Assisi, Florence, Venice, Bad-Gestein, Salzburg, Munich, etc.

    One of the places we performed was the DOM in Salzburg. MY Goodness! What a fantastic and beautiful city it is. The Alps, all green, everything was just gorgeous.
    Going through Mozart's birthhouse, and taking a walking tour of the Mozarteum, it was truly awe-inspiring.
    Sean would need smelling salts if he went there - he would be fainting from joy every corner. (and attempting to quote lines from "Amadeus" in German to the locals, no doubt!) ha ha

    I was so swept away with awe from that setting , that I entertained the idea of trying to attend the Mozarteum, I requested information, which was sent a week later about all the things that I would need. My wife got seriously ill that same year, and my dreams of attending school in Salzburg faded fast. But I always will cherish that place.

    I hope to return someday.

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    And it's only just the beginning for you. Thanks for sharing this priceless experience!
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    Years ago I made that same pilgrimage and stood in that same room, looking at the original score of Missa Brevis in D, a work I had recently performed with my choir. It was an eerie feeling.

    Later I attended an evening concert somewhere in Salzburg and heard Mozart's music performed by a local professional ensemble. It was an eye-opener (ear-opener?) to hear the grace and finesse of performers who specialised in studying that great music. One of the pieces was the Oboe Quartet in F, a masterpiece I can thoroughly recommend you all to sequence for enjoyment and education.

    It reminds me of a remark a broadcaster made in the UK a long time ago: "Whilst I am alive I shall listen to all the Bach I can, because when I get to heaven I'm sure they'll be playing nothing but Mozart."

    And two more quotes whilst I'm at it:
    "Mozart's music is so beautiful it is easy to misss how powerful he is."
    "Mozart is the exception to the rule that if you like a piece the first time you hear it, it can't be any good."

    Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poolman

    It reminds me of a remark a broadcaster made in the UK a long time ago: "Whilst I am alive I shall listen to all the Bach I can, because when I get to heaven I'm sure they'll be playing nothing but Mozart."

    And two more quotes whilst I'm at it:
    "Mozart's music is so beautiful it is easy to misss how powerful he is."
    "Mozart is the exception to the rule that if you like a piece the first time you hear it, it can't be any good."

    Terry
    OK, Terry, now we know what's your vote!
    I agree with the second statement, about quality/easy-listening rate. Mozart is simply the best.

    I hope that the first one is wrong. I would prefere a Bach-ish Hell than a Mozart-ed Heaven...but it's just a matter of personal opinions...

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