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In your opinion, in which category is Mozart's genius best defined?  Chose up to 2 categories maximum.

Symphonies
Opera
Piano Concerti
Serenades & Divertimenti
String Quartets & String Quintets
Sonatas
Other chamber music
Horn Concerti
Violin Concerti
Other concerti
Masses, Requiem and other sacred works
Other
Blech, don't like Mozart

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ChamberNut

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Mozart's genius is best defined by his....?
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:14:52 AM »
Ahhh, Mozart!  :)
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008, 07:16:41 AM »
Ahhh, Mozart!  :)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, Mozart!!!  :o :'(

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Re: Mozart's genious is best defined by his....?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2008, 07:21:44 AM »
Operas, Piano Concertos, Simfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, Piano Sonatas, Clarinet Concerto, String Quintets, String Quartets, Piano Sonatas, Violin and Piano Sonatas, Gran Partita, Posthorn-Serenade...  :D :D :D
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Harry

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Re: Mozart's genious is best defined by his....?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008, 07:26:53 AM »
Symphonies and SQ. $:)

karlhenning

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2008, 07:32:42 AM »
Define genius?

ChamberNut

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2008, 08:06:47 AM »
Define genius?

As it pertains to Mozart's creativity, orginality.

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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2008, 08:12:25 AM »
If only two categories allowed, the operas and the piano concerti.
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Re: Mozart's genious is best defined by his....?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008, 08:16:38 AM »
Piano Concertos made me understand Mozart's greatness.

Define genius?

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ChamberNut

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008, 08:29:00 AM »
If only two categories allowed, the operas and the piano concerti.

That was my vote also.

lukeottevanger

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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008, 08:49:48 AM »
Ditto

PerfectWagnerite

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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008, 09:00:19 AM »
If only one example I go with the C-minor Fantasy, K475, which would be what? Others?

lukeottevanger

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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2008, 09:02:53 AM »
Really? You want one example? Then I go for the Sinfonia Concertante - it contains almost everything which makes Mozart great.

ChamberNut

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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2008, 09:03:59 AM »
If only one example I go with the C-minor Fantasy, K475, which would be what? Others?

I added an "Other" category.  :)

Don

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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2008, 09:07:23 AM »
If only two categories allowed, the operas and the piano concerti.

Same here.  They are the two categories where I feel Mozart surpasses all others.


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Re: Mozart's genius is best defined by his....?
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2008, 09:13:51 AM »
If only two categories allowed, the operas and the piano concerti.

Of course! It's what I picked, and everyone else also.

karlhenning

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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2008, 09:49:59 AM »
As it pertains to Mozart's creativity, orginality.

I question the enterprise (defining genius).

Carry on . . . .

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Re: Mozart's genius is best defined by his....?
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2008, 09:50:35 AM »
i choose not to vote. Too little votes, too many categories.

ChamberNut

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Re: Mozart's genius is best defined by his....?
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2008, 09:51:09 AM »
I question the enterprise (defining genius).

Carry on . . . .

So........which ones did you vote for?  :D

Morigan

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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2008, 09:52:22 AM »
I chose "Symphonies" solely for the fugal ending of the 41st Symphony. If that isn't genius...

My other answer is Opera.

lukeottevanger

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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2008, 09:56:36 AM »
I prefer Bach's keyboard concertos to Mozart's varied, rather light, non-intrusive and less interesting/meaty batch, and there are several piano concertos after Wolfie that are much greater and more interesting IMO.

I think critical opinion goes against this. Not enough to time to go into it, but Mozart's piano concerti (much more than his other concerti) are formal marvels which entirely, repeatedly and ever-differently, overcome the problems inherent in the form and are practically unique in doing so.

With Mozart, both his good and bad pieces (and inbetween) are both lucid and elegant, i.e. the perfection of style is always there, but not always the substance. (this is perhaps why he is susceptible to being treated as musak in adverts!)

And that's not true of Bach? I mean the use in adverts, not the lack of substance, but you can't make the argument for one without implying it for the other... ;)

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