Saturday, January 17, 2015

"That is Silly!"

Yesterday I played the Mozart German Dances K.506 I think it is, for a serious amateur musician: no introduction, no identification of any sort.  Reaction: "That is silly!"

Yes, indeed.  They are extremely silly but the preface to the Henle edition of Mozart pieces for the piano indicate notion but the utmost seriousness.  Deadpan editing, perhaps?  Hope so.  Whether most people would trust themselves to pronounce any music so obviously classical in style "silly" is an experiment I will conduct next week when I play these pieces in the next Mixed Bag performances.

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