Happy Birthday, Wolfgang

How seemly, then, to celebrate the birth
Of one who did no harm to our poor earth,
Created masterpieces by the dozen,
Induled in toilet-humor with his cousin,
And had a pauper’s funeral in the rain,
The like of whom we shall not see again.

W.H. Auden, “Metalogue to the Magic Flute

This is a bit Manichean for Mozart’s birthday, but it’s an affecting scene.

Here’s one of my favorite movements.

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One Response to Happy Birthday, Wolfgang

  1. MaryL says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha! When I was looking at the video before it was playing I thought that the pianist was Will Ferrell!

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