Mozart: Finished… …for some definition of ‘finished’!

The new catalogue of Mozart’s works is now finished.

All items have been categorised (though some will no doubt disagree with my categorisations for various pieces). Where the scores exist, incipits have been prepared from them and assigned to the appropriate catalogue items. Where recordings exist, 40-second audio extracts have similarly been prepared and assigned.

This means that the DZ numbers are now finalised and definitive: they will not be changing from this point on. Should Mozart Read More...

Mozart: finis!

Today would have been Mozart’s 264th birthday… and, quite by chance, it happens also to be the day that I’ve finally finished the first draft of the new Dizwell catalogue of his works.

The last few vocal works have now been excerpted and incipits found for each of them, so that makes 674 incipits prepared, uploaded and applied to the database, along with 635 40-second audio excerpts for most items. (The difference between the two numbers is that there are a handful of works Read More...

Mozart: A Progress Report

Having begun the process of re-cataloguing my collection of Mozart music just before Christmas (see the previous blog post), I thought it about time I posted a bit of a progress report. Naturally, what began as merely an exercise in re-naming things (for example, ‘Requiem, K626’ would become ‘DZ 02082 Requiem’ using the new Dizwell numbering scheme), rapidly became a full-on musicological cataloguing Read More...

How are your Köchels?

In the world of musicology, I doubt anyone is quite so famous as Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, pictured left. That’s because he catalogued Mozart’s music in the 1860s and thus bestowed on every Mozart composition then known the ‘K’ numbers that have adorned them ever since. Mozart, of course, being the veritable God of classical music, Herr Köchel therefore has acquired some of his glory by reflection!

So, whilst non-musicologists might talk about Mozart’s Symphony Read More...

Sorting Vivaldi!

Antonio Vivaldi’s one of those composers most people have heard something of, even if they don’t know who or what… though my betting is that it’s likely to be one of the Four Seasons violin concerti!

His ready popularity with those four concerti makes it temptingly easy to dismiss him as a lightweight -or, worse, a repetitive lightweight. Stravinsky famously did, for example, when he said that, “Vivaldi is greatly overrated—a dull fellow who could Read More...