I feel that I have been in the company of whom many people regard as the world's greatest composer, Wolfgang Amade Mozart. I have just returned from Austria and took time to visit his place of birth and residence in Salzburg. I stood in the very room he was born, walked the very same, original, wide-planked floorboards under the very same, original ceiling he knew. I was within breathing distance of the tiny violin he learnt to play on as a child and of his concert violin and fortepiano. Later I went on to the house he moved to with his family at the age of 18 and there, within reaching distance was Mozart's own magnificent koncertflugel (concert grand fortepiano).
I think those of you reading this post can imagine the emotional and spiritual thoughts and feelings experienced. I already had a recording of music played on Mozart's concert grand and now yearned to hear his fortepiano and violin, thinking that I would never experience this. You can imagine my delight when I discovered recordings were available and I parted with my 60 euros eagerly for the set of four CDs. I think it was the last set available. I haven't stopped listening to them since.
As a very amateur and dabbling composer I felt distinctly inadequate during this experience. Through the last forty years music I have written has been performed by amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians, including two operas. Now I realise just how humble even my finest effort is when in the presence of a master. I have to admit the feeling of there not being any point in continuing with my pathetic attempts at composition. Again, I believe that those of you reading this will understand. However, no doubt I shall continue painting those little marks on those never ending lines and in those spaces with the feeling that master is looking over my shoulder.
I have produced some samples of those recording of Mozart's music played on his very own fortepiano, concert grand and his concert violin for you to listen to if you wish. I have also included some photos and a little commentary. You can visit these at: www.michaelsroom.btinternet.co.uk/mozart.htm I do hope you will call in and listen to this remarkable music and that you will enjoy your visit.
I have contacted Gary to try to persuade him to sample an ealy pianoforte. I'm trying to imagine if he obtained permission to sample Mozart's own instuments. I think I would be too nervous to even attempt a composition using those patches.
Thank you for sharing these experiences with me.