Sunday Serendipity, with Mozart and helpers

An interesting back story about todays selection, on Mozart’s premature death it remained unfinished From Wiki

The Requiem in D minor, K. 626, is a requiem mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Mozart composed part of the Requiem in Vienna in late 1791, but it was unfinished at his death on 5 December the same year. A completed version dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who commissioned the piece for a requiem service to commemorate the anniversary of his wife’s death on 14 February.

The autograph manuscript shows the finished and orchestrated Introit in Mozart’s hand, and detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the sequence Dies irae as far as the first eight bars of the Lacrymosa movement, and the Offertory. It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on now lost “scraps of paper” for the remainder; he later claimed the Sanctus and Benedictus and the Agnus Dei as his own.

Walsegg probably intended to pass the Requiem off as his own composition, as he is known to have done with other works. This plan was frustrated by a public benefit performance for Mozart’s widow Constanze. She was responsible for a number of stories surrounding the composition of the work, including the claims that Mozart received the commission from a mysterious messenger who did not reveal the commissioner’s identity, and that Mozart came to believe that he was writing the requiem for his own funeral.

Performed by: Orchestre national de France and the Choeur de Radio France

James Gaffigan, conductor

Enjoy, Jack


48 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity, with Mozart and helpers”

  1. jack, thanks.  as john & paul composed & sang while a smiling amadeus looked on from on high

    What would you think if I sang out of tune
    Would you stand up and walk out on me
    Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
    And I’ll try not to sing out of key

    Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
    Hmm, I get high with a little help from my friends
    Hmm, going to try with a little help from my friends

  2. in lieu of an absent SNL, here’s a helpful explanation and history lesson from a favorite former senator about a certain scotus decision and a certain senator.

    Mitch McConnell recently said “my advice to corporate America is to stay out of politics.” Funny coming from you, Mitch! As one of the most notorious fundraisers in the Senate McConnell worked directly to ensure corporations could not only involve themselves in politics, but also do it secretly. Here Al discusses Citizens United, corporate political donations, and Mitch McConnell’s breathtaking hypocrisy.


  3. And if you don’t print the legend, write a play and make a movie.  In Amadeus, the Requiem is supposedly finished by Mozart’s jealous enemy, Salieri


  4. jamie, thanks for the correction.  here’s another version of the famous non-ride of paul revere

    Did Paul Revere really yell ‘The British Are Coming’? | HowStuffWorks

    …Paul Revere’s ride never actually happened — at least not the way we think it did. Paul Revere didn’t ride through the streets of Concord hollering a warning. He didn’t even make it to Concord at all.
    Paul Revere, an activist in the Patriot movement, rode that night with two other men, Samuel Prescott and William Dawes. Only one of them succeeded in reaching Concord to warn of the British invasion. After they left Lexington, Revere, Prescott and Dawes were arrested and detained by a British patrol. Prescott was the first to escape and set off for Concord, where he warned its residents to protect the ammunition and weapons stored in a hidden depot near the town. Dawes later escaped as well, although by some accounts he became lost in the dark and never made it to Concord.
    Revere was eventually set free, but without the horse he’d borrowed for the journey. Rather than setting out for Concord, he walked back to Lexington, only to discover the city ensconced in the battle on Lexington Green. He’d still been in captivity when the first shots were fired [sources: WolvertonThe Paul Revere House].
    Although he didn’t yell, “The British are coming!” Revere did manage to warn all of Lexington about the British invasion in the hours before he spurred a horse toward Concord.

    so sam, a relative of potus 41 & 43, was the real guy who 1st rode to warn concord it seems. whoever did did do it on this day.

  5. Something important about President Biden calling an end to the twenty year war is it brings up how little is known in the U.S. about the Southwest Asia war, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Shortly after the Bush invasion into the countries censorship was brought down hard on reporters and photographers sending any information back to the U.S.  For the best reporting an American had to read news reports in other countries. 
    The change in the U.S. military from a mix of draftees and voluntary to full voluntary meant less political impact on what was happening there.  Sure there were casualties, but it was not like the kid down the street dying in a jungle.  Much of the troop strength came from the South and West, but they were volunteers, not those who were the neighbors kids.  The headlines were big and bold, at least in the early years.  But as time dragged on and there was little reporting, the SW Asia ware became less known.  Maybe a death would be reported somewhere in the main media, but usually only in the local newspaper. 
    Why would only two thousand five hundred U.S. troops be stationed in Afghanistan?  Call them the suicide squad.  Any of the bad guys could get a few hundred or thousand of their guys together and attack, probably doing a lot of damage.  But, that would give the military industrial complex a great reason to get back in country.  A big money maker it would be.  Send back a few more divisions to “secure a place that does not want to be secured.  If there is a reason to return in force to the region I am sure we will know about it.  For now, fly the flags, play a decent Sousa tune, march off and declare victory.  Cheers to Uncle Joe for ending the longest war.

  6. newsweek reports on twitter fun & games about the new KauKus Klan:

    Twitter users have poked fun at the aspirations of a group of ultraconservative House Republicans looking to launch a caucus that aimed to protect “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
    The document, first reported by Punchbowl News, outlined a vision which included working “towards an infrastructure that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture.”

    all new buildings must respect our anglo-saxon heritage

  7. Pogo…  OMG…  that was one hell of a game!
    the first quarter looked bleak for the Celtics… and just as I got bored and started to play solitaire on my iPad…  the Celtics caught fire!
    ps…  the Red Sox don’t look too shabby right now either…

  8. Deep Goper thought.   “You know,  I never thought about it before, but we all act just like the Klingons.”

  9. Deep Goper thought.     “Hey Clem, you reckon we ain’t neither the good, or the bad; that maybe we just the ugly?”

  10. Look no further than the nearest Cracker. Right there’s the effin problem, Pilgrim.

  11. Sturgeone

    The Jutes get to play all the Angles

    Bede gave a precise date, 449AD, for the first arrival of the Anglo-Saxons and he said they came from three tribes: the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, who themselves came from different parts of Germany and Denmark – the Angles were from Angeln, which is a small district in northern Germany; the Saxons were from what is now Lower Saxony, also in northern Germany; and the Jutes were from Jutland, now part of Denmark. According to Bede the Angles settled in East Anglia, the Saxons in southern England, and the Jutes in Kent and the Isle of Wight. 



  12. i’m due for shot #2 soon, then shot #3 six months after that, apparently, and on…
    Grateful to have anything, though, and i’d still take the one-and-done J&J🤷‍♂️
    (Incidentally, a bunch of acquaintances got J&J before the pause, some moaning and whining about side-effects, but they’re all fine and socializing, now)

  13. I took what i could get and glad to gittum. 
     Went into a house the other day about some work needed doing and spent an hour or so in there with this ghoul about some kinda ignorant crap he wanted, I’m masked and the property management guy is masked and the homeowner is not masked, and he’s in and out of everything…..real pain in the ass…..but anyway at the end of it vaccination came up and Tim and I pointed out that we had been vaccined by the way, and the homeowner guy says he don’t believe in it.   Said his brother in law is a surgeon in Florida and he is LIVID about his not getting vaxxed, blah blah blah, follows us out of the house, yakkety yakkety YAK,  at that point I’m getting the hell out of Dodge and Tim is fairly fleet-footed his own self.    I bowed the feck out of that one.    Livid…..his brother in law was no where NEAR as livid as I was. I could have given him Livid Lessons.

  14. I want to be Randy Rainbow when I grow up.   Jaysus, whadda talent. He couldn’t have known, of course, that that was one of my most favoritest songs on Earth when I was a wee one.

    Two more were “Old Cape Cod” “Sugar in the Morning” Solid shit. Patti Page and the Chordettes were cookin’ with gas. Patti was so cute with that “Rock and Roll Waltz” song.

  15. I’ve been swimmin’ in a sea of anarchy
    I’ve been livin’ on coffee and nicotine 
    I’ve been wondering if all the things I’ve seen , were  ever real , ever really happening 

  16. My friend Tony Greer has fallen into that last spiral .
    The Neon Man ,  the helper at the Greer Iron Works after school.

  17. Tornado Gallery1822 Buddy Holly AvenueLubbock, Texas 79401
    by Kathleen Nacozy
    Jennifer GreerTony Greer and Larry Simmons have long been guardians of the arts in Lubbock. These three friends (Jennifer and Tony were married for 30 years) are the masterminds behind Tornado Gallery, which opened in April 2007 and has quickly become the shining star on Lubbock’s map of galleries.
    Tornado Gallery occupies 1300 square feet in the A.B Greer Building on Buddy Holly Avenue and 19th Street. The building is modest in appearance but is a Lubbock monument. Tony’s father and grandfather leased the property in 1933, and in 1946, Greer’s Iron Works was erected along 19th Street. Practically anything that could be made out of metal-from trailer hitches to farm equipment-they made it in that iron works shop. But ornamental iron was the shop’s specialty, and some of its creations can still be seen around Lubbock, decorating buildings and houses.

  18. I learned this Thursday 
    It took me 4 days to cry , I gave up crying in the 80’s.
    I had forgotten what tears on one’s cheeks feel like, 

  19. Old Man

    Look up thread.  There is a description of the Anglo Saxon and Jute tribes.  Sturgeone and I got to playing with the words.  

  20. bink, be ready for crashing the second day i.e. the day


    your 2nd shot.  don’t schedule anything you can’t do while sleeping.  most folks i know took that day off just to be on safe side and babied themselves.  on the third day they rose like a miracle, everything peachy keen. don’t know what the percentage is of those who feel aftereffects more than just the sore arm,  but bet it’s more than half and worth preparing for being out of it temporarily. 

  21. Larry was a Night Club maker.  He came from El Paso to Tech to be an architect, bar tending stole that fate .
    Larry had a glass jar 3 feet high full of change , with a very small population of pennies. 
    Anyway ,  Larry crashed  hard in the early 2,000’s.   My friendship with him was part of the debris field. We did not speak for two years.
    Then I drove by the AB Greer one saturday and saw a sell sign out on the street .  And there was Larry , with all his worldly goods , in Tony’s building , and two dogs from his coke head ex-girlfriend.  That Christmas, I gave him an insulated over-all  from Carhart .
    But something else happened. one night shortly after  that meet up . 
    The three of us agreed to change that one corner in Lubbock , in that building .  In that moment,   Tony saved Larry, and a new world in downtown Lubbock . 
    I was just a cheerleader. 

  22. It was a very Big Lick.  And it changed our town. 
    If one looks at this , and  this has happened all across America at the same time .  I’ve done this before , 50 years ago.

  23. I was arrested on August  15th  1967 ,  I was 36 days from being an adult . 
    My sin was this –
    “The unidentified youth”.

  24. I  bought that Ford for $ 250 bucks.  I painted it with 39 cans  of shaker paint.
    I painted  Daisies on the wheels, and tiers. 

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