Happy birthday, Wolfie!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart came into the world on January 27, 1756 — younger than Franklin, younger than Madison barely.  I try to keep his life chronology in relation to U.S. history.  Mozart died on December 5, 1791, the day the Bill of Rights was ratified.

Our local classical station, WRR-101.1 FM promises appropriate playing of his music, even taking requests with that modern device, the internet:

Listen to WRR, Classical 101.1 as WRR plays works exclusively by Mozart, born Jan. 27, 1756. All your favorite symphonies, concertos, opera overtures and chamber works by this musical titan will be spotlighted.

Something from Mozart you’d like to hear? Share it with us at facebook.com/wrr101 and we may add it to the birthday celebration!

Personally, I hope someone plays one of Mozart’s two works for glass harmonica.  Dr. Franklin’s musical invention has a small repertoire, but a solid one, considering Mozart’s contribution.

Mozart’s stock rose in the 1990s with the production of the play and movie Amadeus! I like to think it rose at least partly because people like his music, too, as this essay suggested way back then:

Turn your channel to PBS, where Hugh Downs or Peter Ustinov is narrating a Mozart special. Turn to one of the commercial channels, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 466 and “Little” G Minor Symphony K. 183/173dB are selling MacIntosh computers, Don Giovanni gives class to Cheer laundry detergent, The Marriage of Figaro hawks the Sirocco automobile, the Requiem’s Lacrymosa seemingly sanctifies Lee Jeans, and another piano concerto (K. 482) perks Maxwell House coffee. The recovery of a Mozart symphony, even if juvenilia, receives front-page coverage from The New York Times. Dealers and collectors will go to any extreme for a piece of the action; Mozart autographs sell at the same prices as fine paintings, and dealers in one case dismembered the “Andretter” Serenade K. 185, retailing it piecemeal for greater profit. The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni now rival the box-office receipts of La Boheme and Madame Butterfly.

So, what will you do to celebrate?

In a chldren's play, every one but his sister has forgotten Mozart's birthday.  Photo by Chalemie

In a chldren's play, everyone but his sister has forgotten Mozart's birthday. Photo by Chalemie

Invite others to celebrate, too!

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14 Responses to Happy birthday, Wolfie!

  1. riky rikardo says:



  2. @Thomas: there’s no end to it. Still working on the laugh! :]

    To the author: hey I don’t remember writing the same comment twice, especially with that “bookmarks online” link…maybe it’s spam, you should consider deleting it


  3. Have you been able to perfect that laugh?


  4. Lakia says:



  5. jingle says:

    my kids love Mozart music,
    Happy Birthday,
    Peace and Joy with Him,


  6. I’m going to sit back and listen to Symphony No. 40 and then the Requiem


  7. heydave says:

    I console myself that “some” hard drinking, spendthrift, cool guys were touched by genius. And then there’s me, but that other guy helps me through the day.


  8. BadWitch says:

    He’s one of my perennial favorites musically and for life inspiration! Thanks for this info.



  9. @gloriadelia … hey I was homeschooled, too! :D WAS… I’m a proud homeschool graduate! :D


  10. gloriadelia says:

    Thank you for posting this! I homeschool and we will read this today and watch the video. I LOVE the web for sites like this. :)


  11. I was just talking to someone about Mozart yesterday! He’s one of my favorite composers…. next to Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninoff… and um… Andrew Lloyd Webber :)


  12. Citizen Pete says:

    Ill laugh histerically throughout the day, just like in the movie :)


  13. lm2703 says:

    I’m going to celebrate by getting Mozart on spotify and try to apprieciate his genius…

    …that, or throw a party!

    thanks for sharing, you learn a new thing every day!


    check out my blog!



  14. Citizen Pete says:

    I’ll laugh histerically throughout the day, just like in the movie :)


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