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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mozart!

Mozart was born on this date in 1756. His full name was (ready?) Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.

National Public Radio's Performance Today has put together a list of the top 50 classical CDs. Three of them are by Mozart. You can hear samples of all three here.

The movie, Amadeus, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1984. It is a biography of Mozart, and its theme is that, as the title suggests, he was beloved of God, who bestowed such great talent on him. Antonio Salieri can't understand why he didn't get some of that talent,and why Mozart did. The movie doesn't answer Salieri's question.

Thank God for enabling artists of all sorts.

Thanks for reading.

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