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Thank you, Dmitri, for the plot summary of ""Il ritorno di Tobia"

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

Il ritorno di Tobia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_ritorno_di_Tobia

I wasn't familiar with the story of Tobias, but your excellent synopsis reminded me of Haydn's little-known oratorio. (Haydn's bosses flogged him mercilessly for more compositions. On the score for a horn concerto, Haydn wrote that he had composed it in his sleep. And, yes, Haydn was once scolded for not working hard enough.)


Thank you, Dmitri, for the plot summary of ""Il ritorno di Tobia"

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

I know the feeling of composing a horn concerto in one's sleep...sometimes I wake up with music in my head... smiley - laugh

I didn't know Haydn had done that one, thanks!


Thank you, Dmitri, for the plot summary of ""Il ritorno di Tobia"

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

He went at least forty-five years without ever feeling that he could rest from his labors. By the time people stopped bugging him for new compositions, he had arthritis and a host of other ills. smiley - bruised

As the new biography of Mozart shows, Mozart had it almost as bad: From the age of 8 through the age of 35, Mozart composed in a whirl of activity. He often complained that his fingers hurt from writing.

I never figured out how Vivaldi and Telemann found the time to write as much music as they apparently did. Vivaldi was rumored to recompose concerti that he had written before, without realizing it.

By the time Brahms came along, the demand for music scored form amateur and professional musicians was so lucrative that a successful composer could write fewer but more demanding pieces.

Corelli was perhaps the first composer who could make a living from sales of his compositions. There are two important catches, though:
1. Corelli was a virtuoso violinist, which meant that people who heard him play were tempted to want to sound like him, and for that they needed his scores; and 2. he was famous for his miserly ways (he would go to the local museums on days when admission was free) smiley - cross


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