Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it — that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed.
Sure, I’m almost a month late (January 27th is the actual date), but I imagine after a quarter millennium I have some leeway. Leave it to digg to keep me up to speed on culturally-significant history.
In all seriousness, Mozart’s music is nearly an organic element of existance, as natural as any living thing. There is literally no praise I can give to him that has not already been ventured more eloquently before me.
In Mozart’s music, all intensity are crystallized in the clearest, the most beautifully balanced and proportioned, and altogether flawless musical forms.
See? Aside from the fact he could play back an entire sonata from memory after hearing it only once at the age of three, or by seven had perfect pitch to within a half a quarter of a tone (sing a half step, like the theme from Jaws; now sing half of that interval; now half of that), or that he composed his first symphony at eight years old, to compose over 600 more works before he died, … well, i’m not exactly sure where I’m going with this. The point is, to hear the music of Mozart is to experience beauty in one of its purest forms. If you’ve never heard his Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622, your ears have never seen the sun. Check out the following Wikipedia article for a recording of K. 622, as well as some of his other works. They’re Ogg Vorbis files, an open-source alternative to MP3, but Songbird will play them, as will VLC, Winamp, and iTunes via a plugin.
In recognition of Mozart’s 250th birth anniversary, Danish National Radio has released nine Mozart symphonies for free as high quality MP3 downloads. Follow the til download links in the following website, and choose the Ekstragod kvalitet (excellent quality) downloads:
LINK/AUDIO (via digg)
Also, read more about his 250th anniversary as celebrated around the world:
LINK/IMAGES [“World celebrates Mozart’s genius”] (BBC)
All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent; but when it is necessary, speak—and speak in such a way that people will remember it.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart