//arm yourselves with knowledge
I hope I did Wolfie justice
Talking of Don Giovanni (which is completely awesome by the way) didn’t I read that he composed the overture on the morning of the premiere? While he was hungover? I’m sure I read that. It certainly sounds like the sort of thing he’d do.
And as for that Requiem, Christ alive. We even played it on glockenspiels once (my teacher was…unique…) in our A Level class and not even that stopped it sounding immense.
CLARINET CONCERTO (okay, I’m biased)
THE JUPITER SYMPHONY (I mean even just the opening chords, BAM BAM BAM, like they’re saying ‘listen up people MOZART IS IN THE HOUSE’ (which probably was the intention, I guess, given the symphony’s function back then, but I digress))
DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (aka the most I have ever, ever laughed at an opera)
I have a lot of Mozart feelings. He was a wonderful, genius sassypants (though he was ‘a complete bastard to go to a dinner party with’, according to my tutor. I don’t know how he’d know. He was pretty old, but…)
Oh and I don’t know if you can get hold of the BBC’s series The Genius of Mozart from about ten years ago but if you can it’s pretty fab :)
Mozart is the fucking best. For more of a glimpse into his awesomeness, everyone should read Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life by Robert Spaethling (editor and translator). It’s like reading Mozart’s personal blog.