miracle

Photogram by Floris M. Neusüss: Körperbild (KOR B27) (1963)

I have just listened to this
symphony which Mozart dashed off
in one day
and it had enough wild and crazy
joy to last
forever,
whatever forever
is
Mozart came as close as
possible to
that.

Charles Bukowski
You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense (1986)

Photogram by Floris M. NeusüssKörperbild (KOR B27) (1963)

Dirty Mozart

Leck mich im Arsch,
[Laßt froh uns sein!
Murren ist vergebens!
Knurren, Brummen ist vergebens
Ist das whare Kreuz des Lebens,
Das Brummen ist vergebens.
Drum laßt uns froh und fröhlich sein.]

Lick me in the arse,
[Let us be merry!
No use moaning!
No use groaning and growling,
Even if it is a heavy cross to bear,
it’s no use growling.
So let us be merry and cheerful!]

Leck mich im Arsch, KV 231/382c: Canon in B-flat for 6 male voices (1783)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Chorus Viennensis
Complete Mozart Edition Vol. 12: Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Lieder, Notturni

Illustration by Anonymous: The Piss-pot, 17th Century

The Meow Aria

Because I love cats and I love Mozart. Want to make a world war out of it?

Karoline Pichler, an Austrian writer, tells her readers: ‘One day when I was sitting at the pianoforte playing the “Non piu andrai” from Figaro, Mozart, who was paying a visit to us, came up behind me…sat down, told me to carry on playing the bass, and began to improvise such wonderfully beautiful variations that everyone listened…But then he suddenly tired of it, jumped up, and, in the mad mood which so often came over him, he began to leap over tables and chairs, miaow like a cat, and turn somersaults like an unruly boy.’

Nun liebes Weibchen, ziehst mit mir, KV 625/592a (1790?)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Eva Lind, soprano; Anton Scharinger, bass; Dresdener Philharmonie, cond. Jörg-Peter Weigle
Complete Mozart Edition Vol. 12: Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Lieder, Notturni

Text from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography by Piero Melograni (2006)

Consolation

Masonic Funeral Music, K. 477 (1785)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado
Mozart: Symphonies 25 & 31; Masonic Funeral Music; Posthorn Symphony

Painting by John ConstableThe Cenotaph (1836)

For Mozart’s Birthday

‘Nascoco è il mio sol’, K. 557: Canon à 4
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1788)
Performed by Damenchor des Concentus Vocalis, Herbert Böck
Complete Mozart Edition Vol. 12: Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Lieder, Notturni

Painting: Portrait of W.A. Mozart painted by J.B. Greuze 1763-64 (age 7 or 8), detail. Authenticity not proven.