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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:44 pm 

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. . . .When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer - say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep - it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best, and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not, nor can I force them...
~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

According to wikiquote “This quote is not from Mozart, but comes from a well-known forged letter by Friedrich Rochlitz”

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:43 pm 

Joined: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:03 pm
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Location: George Town Tasmania Australia

Every great artist obsessed with his art is sacrificed, as a person, to that art.
-Alfred Einstein in the Mozart Myths: A Critical Reassessment, Stanford UP, Stanford, 1991, p.214.

Some analysts of Mozart imply or state directly, that the compositional process was like the flow of lightening through his veins and involved little effort. While there is little doubt that the flow was imense, there is also little doubt that the process involved much effort.-Ron Price, “Reflecting on “Setting the Record Straight,” Peter Brown at The Mozart Project, Internet Site. :arrow:

There is some obsession in my bones.
I remember its earliest signs
way back then, as early as ’62,
or long before with the tulips.1
Can I say I’ve sacrificed myself
as a person to this art, this Cause—
for it is all one?
He said the reality of sacrifice
is that there is no sacrifice.
It’s hard to get your handle
on this one, to really understand
the wisdom behind what He’s saying.

He’s given me more, so much more;
He’s filled my heart to overflowing:
what more could I ask?

Yes, there was a price,
the price of life:
given over all those years,
Is this a martyrdom, I ask?
You will never know, I say.
Meanwhile you must accept:
heartache, sadness, loss,
sickness, being alone,
a frozen bone.

You must live in faith that
it will all result in the
favour, one day,
not so far away,
of meeting Him:2

For this I yearn!
This, have I earned?

1 I used to draw tulips at the age of six, over and over again in the same pattern but in different colours. I did this for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, I do not recall precisely. But it had elements of obsessive behaviour.
2 ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i Prayers, USA, 1985, p.46.

Ron Price
20 April 2000.

married for 47 years; teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer & editor for 15, and a Baha'i for 55(in 2014).

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:18 am 

Joined: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:03 pm
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Location: George Town Tasmania Australia
Since no one has responded in the last 8 years, I'll add another piece on Mozart.-Ron Price, Tasmania

Georges Delerue(1925-1992) was a French composer who wrote over 350 scores for cinema and television. Three weeks ago I watched a documentary on Delerue’s life1 and, not knowing anything about him, I have done some recent reading. Delerue died just as I was beginning to be serious about my own form of composition, a form known as poetry. I was also just beginning to eye my retirement from what had been more than four decades of a demanding world of jobs and student life: 1949-1992. By the time I watched this doco in 2012 I had taken a sea-change, and had been retired for a decade. I was 67; this was the same age Delerue was when he died in 1992.

Delerue won many important film music awards and was once dubbed “the Mozart of cinema” by the French newspaper Le Figaro.2 In 1953 he wrote his first composition for a television drama, Les Princes du Sang. The first French television studios, located in Paris, came into being in that same year, 1953. Delerue’s orchestra was in those TV studios. They played live from behind a curtain where Delerue waited for a cue from the drama’s producer to begin his conducting.

The year 1953 was also a big one in my life. It was my first year of organized baseball in the summer before I entered grade four. I was nine years old and had the first love in my life for a girl named Susan Gregory who lived a few houses away and who had no idea at the time of my pre-puberal passion for her. I played third base that summer in the pee-wee softball league in what was then the small town of Burlington3 in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe.

My mother also joined the Baha’i Faith that year. In the same year the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah’s revelation took place, as did the dedication of the Baha’i House of worship in Chicago and the launching of the Ten Year Crusade.-Ron Price with thanks to 1SBSONE, In the Tracks of Georges Delerue, 31 March 2012, 1:00-2:20 p.m., 2Georges Delerue, The Criterion Collection. Retrieved at Wikipedia on 4 March 2012; and 3 Burlington had a population of 5000 in 1953 and now a population over 100,000.

I had musical parents just like you,
Georges, but I went for baseball &
sports, immersed myself in school
studies, and played with my friends.

When you began composing for the
cinema1 in ’59, I joined a new religion
that swept me into its vortex sensibly &
insensibly as my teens turned into my
twenties. Eventually I would compose,
but not music; it was poetry which also
swept me off my feet as my middle age
entered its last decade; my working life
came to an end by degrees: '99 to '05.(2)

You were able to capture the mise en scene,
spirit of films, in collaborations, and I tried
to capture the spirit of my life & times and
wonderful—thrilling motions that appeared
in the world of existence in the half century
1953 to 2003 and beyond in those last years
of my life. It was the Kingdom of God on earth
which was beginning, little did anyone know. It
came as an inspiration, and a leavening force from
another realm through which the arts and wonders
of life, of the world, were and are made manifest.3

1 In 1959 he composed his first score for a feature film, Le bel age.
2 1My working life was 1959-1999; I retired from FT, PT and volunteer work in the years 1999 to 2005.
3 See God Passes By, p.351 and Gleanings, p. 161.

Ron Price
18 and 19 April 2012

married for 47 years; teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer & editor for 15, and a Baha'i for 55(in 2014).

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