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Mozart - Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major

There’s an ongoing joke we tell in Chicagoland: it isn’t unusual to see all four seasons happen in a day. That’s kind of what today felt like: the morning was mild, sunny, spring like. And around noon, beautiful! Birds were singing, it was hot, I took a walk in the sun and listened to this happy-go-lucky pastoral concerto. And then the clouds came and brought chilly winds. I accidentally walked my dog in shorts and flip flops, and god it was freezing cold for me. Even so, I enjoyed my walk to Dairy Queen while brushing the digital dust off of this concerto, one of Mozart’s only two double concertos. The only work he wrote with the harp. I can only assume that Mozart had France in mind, since both the flute and harp were tied up with a rustic and pastoral French ideal [dare I say a Concerto champêtre to reference one of my French favorites?]. In reality, Mozart wrote this for one of his students, the daughter of another wealthy patron, who was an exceptional flautist and harpist. The product of this side project was this beautiful concerto, that is so easy to use as a cliche example of “soft, relaxing, pretty Mozart”. But why is that a bad thing? In the 1984 film Amadeus, Salieri is looking over Mozart’s perfect scores and part of the second movement plays, I would argue the highlight of the work. Music from heaven, wonderful music. I don’t see why we can’t celebrate beauty when we hear it.

Movements:

1. Allegro

2. Andantino

3. Rondeau: allegro

 Comptine d’un autre été (x)
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[Images: A tweet from Liam O’Brien: @CriticalRole Twin playlists both feature Sia, & both have rally songs telling them they “gotta get up”. Tell me we’re not really siblings. (source)

A response tweet by Laura Bailey: @VoiceOfOBrien Siblings in a past life for sure. I like to think our long lost souls saw each other and smiled the first time we met. (source)]

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Me: *cries on the ground for a thousand years*

“Don’t let them erase me, Magnus. Don’t let them make the world forget.”

Shoutout to the world’s greatest composer