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July 30, 1998
Laboratory rats exposed to a Mozart sonata (K. 448) before and after birth are able to complete mazes more rapidly and with fewer errors than those exposed to minimalist music (a Philip Glass composition), white noise or silence, researchers from the University of Wisconsin report in the July issue of Neurological Research. The rats were exposed to the sounds before birth and for 60 days after, then tested in mazes for five days.
February 4, 1991 |
Unless you have been off the planet the last six months, you must know that Mozart died in 1791. Practically every musical organization is noting the fact with some sort of observance this season, not that Mozart's music was ever in short supply. Certainly the bicentennial has not been lost on Fred Sherry.
June 20, 2006 |
It has been close to five months since Mozart's 250th birthday, a milestone so major that even the musical skinflints at National Public Radio sent a couple of correspondents to Salzburg to cover the celebration in the composer's Austrian birthplace breathless sportscaster style. But that was only the beginning. Mozart is all over the map every spring and summer, and much more so this year. Last month in Tokyo, for instance, the Japanese squeezed 377 Mozart concerts into four days.
January 1, 1999 |
What's the biggest challenge facing classical music? The decline of arts education? The rise of Celine Dion? No, as troubling as those things are, there is a larger and more insidious threat out there. It's the Mozart Industry. The Mozart Industry, not to be confused with the composer himself, is a sprawling multinational concern, with no identifiable headquarters. It manufactures not only merchandise but opinion.
March 20, 2005 |
Salzburg and Vienna may be dueling for which city will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth next year with more splendor, but the Austrian province of Styria plans to opt out. Styria has declared itself a "Mozart-free zone," Bernhard Rinner, head of the province's Cultural Service, told the APA News Service this month. "It can be excluded at the present stage of planning that Styria will take part in the Mozart Year 2006, propagated by Austrian advertising," Rinner said.
May 1, 1999 |
Conductor Ami Porat thought he was sending a clear message to the world when he founded the Mozart Camerata in 1985. He soon learned that the name confused some people. "What kind of camera is that?" Porat said he and his board members have been asked "umpteen" times. "Camerata" is a word well understood in musical circles to mean chamber orchestra, the conductor said. "But it doesn't have as broad a meaning among a general public." This season, which ends Sunday at St.
June 29, 2003 |
It stops just short of promising eyesight to the blind or rain from dry skies. But disciples of "the Mozart effect" make impressive claims: Music, they say, can do everything from boosting Junior's math scores to curing the terminally ill to making dullards creative. The idea has become a phenomenon. Part of cultural gossip for years, it crystallized with the 1997 publication of Don Campbell's "The Mozart Effect."
November 30, 1990 |
A concert version of Mozart's "Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail" and three Mozart operas performed by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre will be among the events sponsored by the Orange County Philharmonic Society in 1991 to commemorate the bicentennial of Mozart's death.
June 29, 2004 |
A Mozart opera modernized to feature prostitutes, full-frontal nudity, drugs and sadistic violence has created a storm in Berlin. The premiere of "The Abduction From the Seraglio" at the Komische Oper last week was met with shouts of "Scandal!" and "That's not Mozart!" and threats by opera house sponsor DaimlerChrysler that it would pull its $24,000 annual funding.
June 6, 1993 |
Thanks to "Amadeus" (the play and subsequent movie), everyone has a glimmering acquaintance with the genius Mozart--how abundant his creative outpourings were, how frustrating the circumstances of his career, how frenetic the personal life surrounding it. So could the revival of a long-languishing Mozart opera really cause amazement?