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"Mozart for My [Your] Baby"

Post by Lance » Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:52 pm

MOZART FOR MY BABY
•The Sleighride (Academy St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner)
•Lullaby K 350 (Schellenberg, sopran; Skigin, piano)
•Divertimento K334: Menuetto (Stockholm Chamber Orch., Welser-Möst)
•The Magic Flute: Pa-pa pa-pa Papagena (duet) (A. Schmidt, C. Pierard, London Classical Players, Norrington)
•Piano Concerto #21 K 467: Andante (J-B Pommier, piano/conductor)
•Don Giovanni: La ci darem la mano (duet) (A. Schmidt, N. Argenta, London Classical Players, Norrington)
•Piano Sonata K 331: Alla turka (J-B Pommier, piano)
•Les Petits Riens K.Anh 10: excerpts (Academy St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner)
♫Das Butterbrot (The Slice of Bread and Butter) (Emile Naoumoff, piano)
•Clarinet Quintet K581: Adagio (M. Portal, Cherubini Quartet)
•Variations "Ah vous dirais-je maman" K265 (Aldo Ciccolini, piano)
•Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525: Romanze (London Chamber Players, C. Warren-Green)
•Symphony #25 K185: Allegro (English Chamber Orchestra, Tate)
•Marriage of Figaro: Voi che sapete (T. Berganza, English Chamber Orchestra, Barenboim)

What? ME with "Mozart for my Baby?" Not really. My "baby" has long grown up and is a young lady, whom some of you met at the last CMG Meet-Up. But you know the story. Sometimes you need ONE piece and one can only find it on a compilation of this kind. My purpose for this one was Mozart's "Das Brutterbrot." (Besides, I love a slice of bread and butter on occasion.) I had a phone call a few weeks ago to find this piece. I couldn't find it within my collection but was sure it was there somewhere. In the meantime, this CD came up with pianist Emile Naoumoff at the piano. Apparently "Das Butterbrot" is used by many piano teachers, especially for youngsters.
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Re: "Mozart for My [Your] Baby"

Post by John F » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:59 am

Problem is, "Das Butterbrot" isn't by Mozart. Köchel gives it the French title "La Tartine de Beurre" and the catalog number C.27.09, in the appendix listing many works mistakenly attributed to Mozart. It's a stunt piece: "the whole part of the right hand is to be played with only one finger." (The glissandos kind of remind me of Chico Marx.) Listening to it on YouTube, I'm not persuaded for a moment:



There's another piece on that CD that isn't by Mozart. Anybody want to say which it is?
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Re: "Mozart for My [Your] Baby"

Post by Werner » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:52 am

Thanks, both of you - I almost thought there might be some easy way to introduce Mozart to my first great-grandchild-in-process.

No such luck, I guess. I hope the kid will "get it," eventually.
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Re: "Mozart for My [Your] Baby"

Post by Agnes Selby » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:05 pm

Werner wrote:Thanks, both of you - I almost thought there might be some easy way to introduce Mozart to my first great-grandchild-in-process.

No such luck, I guess. I hope the kid will "get it," eventually.
Werner, He/she will do it all on her/his own. Here is a little story for you
concerning your friend, my daughter, Kathy. When she was 7 years old,
my mother used to nag me to have her taught the piano. After all,
all well-brought-up young ladies learned to play the piano. I objected
and reminded my mother of my piano teacher who used to hit my
hands with a ruler at every piano lesson.

Then one day I picked up Kathy at school. Her teacher came
to the car and asked me for the name of Kathy's piano teacher.
"I am sorry, Mrs. Dale. She does not have a piano teacher".
"So how come she plays the piano in class and does not even
need music. All from memory."

As you know, Werner, Kathy got her piano teacher after all
and my mother bought Kathy her first upright piano. Both my
mother and Kathy were very happy and 6 years later we
ended up in Philadelphia.

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Re: "Mozart for My [Your] Baby"

Post by Werner » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:56 pm

......and the girl is still playing! (Hahaha!)

PS to those of you who don't know, "Kathy" is a wonderful pianist, a mainstay of musical life in Australia who has distinguished herself through the years, up to the present and beyond.
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Re: "Mozart for My [Your] Baby"

Post by living_stradivarius » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:29 am

John F wrote:Problem is, "Das Butterbrot" isn't by Mozart. Köchel gives it the French title "La Tartine de Beurre" and the catalog number C.27.09, in the appendix listing many works mistakenly attributed to Mozart.
Interesting! Any theories as to who really wrote it?
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Re: "Mozart for My [Your] Baby"

Post by John F » Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:30 am

living_stradivarius wrote:
John F wrote:Problem is, "Das Butterbrot" isn't by Mozart. Köchel gives it the French title "La Tartine de Beurre" and the catalog number C.27.09, in the appendix listing many works mistakenly attributed to Mozart.
Interesting! Any theories as to who really wrote it?
Köchel identifies the publisher as Litolff of Braunschweig (Brunswick) but gives no date. Some may recognize the name of Henry Charles Litolff (1818-1891), a pianist and composer whose Scherzo from his Concerto Symphonique #4 has been recorded a few times. He was a publisher also, taking over a German music publishing house in 1851 and giving it his name. This doesn't mean he composed "La Tartine de Beurre," as he published works by other composers, but he might have. I would have guessed that the piece is a 19th century pastiche - you don't find keyboard glissandos in Mozart or any other 18th century composer as far as I know, though the glisses in the Waldstein Sonata are notorious. Beyond that, I haven't a clue.

Oh, and the other ringer is:

Lullaby K 350 (Schellenberg, sopran; Skigin, piano)

"Schlafe, mein Prinzchen" is by one Bernhard Flies. The CD cites the original Köchel number, but that's misleading as the song has long since been relegated to the Anhang of spurious works, C 8.48.
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