Friday 10 February 2017

just aim for my heart if you feel like it....

My wife is a fan of classical music in general, but she has a particular soft-spot for Mozart.  I like all sorts of music, but for some reason, I've never really been able to wrap my head around classical.  Over the years, my wife has tried to rectify this with the judicious gifting of things like Mozart's Requiem or Shostakovich, but nothing has really taken root.  I'm afraid I'd much rather listen to some banging rock music.

The other day, she was listening to the Queen of the Night aria from the Magic Flute.  It's a lovely piece of music, but I thought it would be amusing to reference the famous scene in the film "Amadeus", where the audience at the premiere of the opera are horrified by what is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written.

"It's just scales"

Or... as Salieri says in the film:

"There she was.  Onstage for all to see, showing off like the greedy songbird she was. Ten minutes of ghastly scales. Arpeggios. Whizzing up and down like fireworks at a fairground."

Sadly, she didn't catch the reference and turned on me in a fury as the ignoramus I clearly am.

In an attempt to lighten the mood, I followed up with this:

"It's just like 'Moves Like Jagger' by Maroon 5.... scales!"

Apparently, one does not simply compare the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to that of Maroon 5.  Who knew?

After 18 years, it seems like I still have a lot to learn about my wife.

And music.

Moo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooves like Jagger.....


  1. Lest there be any confusion, I hate that maroon 5 record.

  2. quite right too.

    i don't listen to much Clasical Music but A-levels and a degree in Music Theory has left me with an indelible admiration for Mozart's way with a melody - he really was the don, if you will.