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  • 2016 June 19: Father Mozart

    June 19, 2016 10:30

    Wolfgang Mozart married Constanze Weber (1762–1842) when he was 28 — she was 22 — and together they had six children, only two of whom survived the couple. (more )

  • 2016 June 5: Tacet

    June 05, 2016 10:30

    This week’s Music Box is ‘tacet’ because it’s ‘Youth Sunday’. ‘Tacet’ is Latin for ‘is silent’, and it’s the music term for ‘don’t play’. In a set of orchestral parts, for example, if the 3rd bassoon doesn’t play, there will be a printed part that says ‘3rd bassoon: tacet’. You’d think this is odd – if they don’t play then why don’t they simply not get a printed part? But in the chaos of rehearsals and distributing sheet music, if the 3rd bassoon doesn’t get a part she can wonder, “Do I simply not play, or did my part get lost?” (more )

  • 2016 May 29: Memorial Day

    May 29, 2016 10:30

    When I was five years old a piano showed up at our house, and I was hooked. Probably as much to preserve their sanity as anything else, mom started me on piano lessons with a lady up the street, who got me started on the rudiments of reading music. But my father was in the Navy, moving was relentless, and so I didn't have steady lessons until my father was stationed at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey for a three year stint and mom saw her opening. (more )

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