As my New Job has finally been able to update the website, I’ve now been able to update my resume. That also means that I can do things like advertise cool opera related things here like discounted tickets. As I’ve also picked up some part time work at the Harvard Book Store working their events, I figured I should point out some upcoming events that might be interesting to the music geeks who read this blog.
Please note, as it says at the very bottom of the page, this is our blog and I am posting this as a service to my readers and friends, not because I’ve been asked to by my employer(s) or because it benefits me in any way. (Other than giving me something nifty to write about.)
First, the opera.
Also, I’m working this fabulous event at the Harvard Book Store in May. If you’re a classical music geek and you like to read, this should be right up your alley.
Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome CHRISTOPH WOLFF, the Adams University Professor at Harvard University and one of the world’s foremost experts on Bach and Mozart, for a discussion of his latest book, Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791.
“I now stand at the gateway to my fortune,” Mozart wrote in a letter of 1790. He had entered into the service of Emperor Joseph II of Austria two years earlier as Imperial-Royal Chamber Composer—a salaried appointment with a distinguished title and few obligations. His extraordinary subsequent output, beginning with the three final great symphonies from the summer of 1788, invites a reassessment of this entire period of his life.
Readers will gain a new appreciation and understanding of the composer’s works from that time without the usual emphasis on his imminent death. The author discusses the major biographical and musical implications of the royal appointment and explores Mozart’s “imperial style” on the basis of his major compositions—keyboard,chamber, orchestral, operatic, and sacred—and focuses on the large, unfamiliar works he left incomplete. This new perspective points to an energetic, fresh beginning for the composer and a promising creative and financial future. 8 pages of illustrations
That’s it for now, folks. I’m working hard, loving my job at the BLO and my episodic work at the book store. Feel free to comment if you have any questions about what I’m doing.