Wednesday, December 14, 2005
MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST.
---Hmmm...now the pain has moved from my upper jaw to my lower jaw. Weird. But I'm holding out hope it'll subside soon, right before I take an anvil and drop it on my dentist's head. But I digress...
I've liked classical music since I was a kid, and for some reason, Xmastime always brings out my desire to listen to it. I mean, it really is beautiful music to behold. So soothing. Relaxing. And it probably makes one smarter too! Last night, I spent it downloading some stuff onto my IPOD from immortals such as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and some Italian composers too.
By the way, two fantastic films (embellished for dramatic effect) on the most famous classical composers of all time would be Immortal Beloved and Amadeus. Very entertaining, and well made. F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce are wonderful as Salieri and Mozart and Gary Oldman (always a brilliant actor) is phenomenal as Beethoven. If you have not seen these films, time to get the DVDs! PRONTO! Fantasia, the 1940 Disney cartoon is also pretty cool. That they were able to beautifully animate already existing classical musical compositions is pretty awesome.
How did these composers think up these melodies and write them for all kinds of instruments in an orchestra?! It's mind-boggling! Note for note man! That shit takes work and true admiration! The music can be just plain gorgeous!
And here we are, hundreds of years later, still listening to the work these people left behind, when they are now dead and gone...
Life's weird like that.
So take a listen to this gorgeous piece, by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart. A genius that only lived till age 35:
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