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Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 16 in C, K. 545 (Facile)

The Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was described by Mozart himself in his own thematic catalogue as “for beginners,” and it is sometimes known by the nickname Sonata facile or Sonata semplice. Mozart added the work to his catalogue on June 26, 1788, the same date as his Symphony No. 39. The exact circumstances of the work’s composition are not known, however. Although the piece is well-known today, it was not published in Mozart’s lifetime and first appeared in print in 1805. A typical performance takes about 14 minutes. The work has three movements:
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Rondo
The first movement is written in sonata form and is in the key of C major. The familiar opening theme is accompanied by an Alberti bass, played in the left hand.
A bridge passage composed of scales follows, arriving at a cadence in G major, the key in which the second theme is then played. A codetta follows to conclude the exposition, then the exposition is repeated. The development starts in G minor and modulates through several keys. The recapitulation begins, unusually, in the subdominant key of F major. According to Charles Rosen, the practice of beginning a recapitulation in the subdominant was “rare at the time [the sonata] was written,” though the practice was later taken up by Franz Schubert. The second movement is in the key of G major, the dominant key of C major. The music modulates in the middle of this movement to the parallel minor (G minor) and its relative major (B-flat major). The movement then modulates to the tonic, and, after the main theme and development is heard again, ends.
The third movement is in rondo form and is in the tonic key, C major. The first theme is lively and sets the mood of the piece. The second theme is in G major and contains an Alberti bass in the left hand. The first theme appears again and is followed by a third theme. The third theme is in a minor key and modulates through many different keys before modulating into C major. The first theme appears again followed by a coda and finally ends in C major.
The finale was transcribed to F major and collected with a solo piano arrangement of the second movement of the violin sonata in F major to form the Piano Sonata in F major, K. 547a.
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G.PH. TELEMANN, “Wassermusik” [Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth] in C major TWV 55:C3/Collegium Pro Musica

Georg Philipp Telemann

Wassermusik” [Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth], 1725
Ouvertüresuite for 2 Recorders, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo in C major, TWV 55:C3

I. Ouvertüre [Grave-Allegro] 0:08
II. Sarabande [Teti dormiente/Die schlafende Thetis10:48
III. Bourrée [Il risveglio di Teti/Die erwachende Thetis] 12:50
IV. Loure [Nettuno innamorato/Der verliebte Neptun] 14:42
V. Gavotte [Le Vaiadi giocano/Spielende Najaden16:30
VI. Harlequinade [Tritone scherzoso/Der Schertzende Tritonus 17:35
VIII. Eolo impetuoso/Der stürmende Aeolus 19:52
VIII. Menuett [Il piacevole Zefiro/Der angenehme Zephir] 21:57
IX. Gigue [Alta e bassa marea/Ebbe und Fluth] 23:00
X. Canarie [Gli allegri messaggeri/Die lustigen Boots Leute] 24:01

Collegium Pro Musica
Stefano Bagliano [director]



Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27

The Hanover Band
Conductor: Roy Goodman


Vienna New Year’s Concert 2013 – Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act III of ‘Lohengrin,’ WWV 75

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act III of the Romantic Opera ‘Lohengrin‘ / Preludio del acto III de la ópera romántica “Lohengrin”, WWV 75

New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria on January 1, 2013. 

Concierto de Año Nuevo de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena, dirigida por Franz Welser-Möst, en la Sala Dorada de la Musikverein de Viena (Austria) el 01/01/2013.

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The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra – Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman plays the 3rd Orchestral Suite (Ouverture) in D major, BWV 1068 (? c. 1729-31), at National Museum Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn (Netherlands).


Romney slams Obama’s ‘dishonesty’ on health care


Romney slams Obama’s ‘dishonesty’ on health care.

UK government reaction to NSA leaks eroding freedom, rights groups warn | World news | The Guardian


UK government reaction to NSA leaks eroding freedom, rights groups warn | World news | The Guardian.

ROSSINI: William Tell Overture

Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell Overture (1829)

London Philharmonic, Alfred Scholz


Valentina Lisitsa plays Adinsell’s Warsaw Concerto

Keith Lockhart conducts Valentina Lisitsa (piano) and the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Film Music Prom.
This concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 31st August 2013. Recorded for TV broadcast on BBC Four.
Also compare http://y2u.be/AoLvhHjacMw where Valentina shows how she first began to learn this piece. Very interesting.


Quotation: John Filson

So much does friendship triumph over misfortune, that sorrows and sufferings vanish at the meeting not only of real friends, but of the most distant acquaintances, and substitutes happiness in their room.

John Filson (1747-1788) Discuss


Today’s Birthday: WALKER EVANS (1903)

Walker Evans (1903)

Evans was an American photographer known for his stark photos of the rural South during the Great Depression, taken for the Farm Security Administration. In 1936,Fortune magazine sent Evans and writer James Agee to document poverty in rural Alabama. The magazine rejected their work, but the two used the material for their landmark 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A 2005 Fortune article revealed that some of their subjects were upset about the book for what reasons? More… Discuss



Christopher Columbus First Sights the Caribbean Island of Dominica (1493)

On the first Sunday in November 1493, Christopher Columbus spotted a mountainous island between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. Ignoring the fact that its Carib inhabitants already had a name for the island, Columbus renamed it Dominica, the Latin name for the day of the week on which he spotted it. The Caribs managed to resist Spanish efforts to colonize the island but were unable to fend off the British and French. When did Dominica finally gain its independence? More…Discuss



Mr. Golden Sun Finally Shines Down on Rjukan

Residents of Rjukan, Norway, have had it with darkness. Located in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, the city gets no sunlight for about seven months out of the year. About a century ago, an engineer proposed the idea of using mirrors to reflect sunlight down into the town, and last week, it became a reality. On Wednesday, three large, computer-controlled mirrors installed on one of the surrounding mountaintops began reflecting sunlight into the main square below, where assembled residents relaxed on loungers, played beach volleyball, and sipped cocktails while soaking up the rays. More… Discuss


BEING (Why is there something instead of nothing?)


Why is there something instead of nothing? This is one of the chief questions that, for millennia, has fueled the existential musings of philosophers who have pondered the concept of “being.” Used interchangeably with the word “existence,” the term “being” conceptualizes subjective and objective aspects of reality. One’s state of being is also a focus of psychology. According to psychiatrist Carl Jung, “the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of” what? More… Discuss