Among the everyday repetitive experiences and challenges, there are moments when I have to stop working, or pull into a parking lot, or just stop. Most of the time it’s when I’m listening to the transcendental music of Mozart written in the later years of his short life.
Start this next piece, and go about your business while listening. Even played at this modern pace, you may soon find the textures make you sit down, close your eyes, and wonder at places like from 12:00 to 12:30 and 22:30 to 23:00 what went on with Mozart and his audiences 233 years ago that evoked what’s still enjoyed today:
“I’ve been playing this symphony in the orchestra this week, alongside a symphony by Mozart’s contemporary, Antonio Salieri. It’s impossible to define fully what sets Mozart’s music apart from the well-crafted but ordinary Salieri. But the array of voices and motives swirling around in the “Prague” Symphony make this music come alive in a unique and sublime way.”
At other times, it’s listening to music Beethoven composed when he was almost deaf: