Mozart’s 40th and 25th

Mozart published his 40th symphony on this day in 1788, the ‘great’ in G minor, one of two symphonies he wrote in the minor key – the other also in G minor, number 25, called the ‘little’ (I suppose calling it the ‘minor’ would be a tad confusing). The original music is scored for flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns and strings. The result is, well, Mozart at his finest:

We will add the 25th for comparison, published in 1773, when the composer was a mere seventeen years of age: What were we doing the year before we were able to vote?

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Letter #67, 2021, Sun., July 25: The Way

The Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus, a Greek manuscript of the Bible from the 400s A.D, is a palimpsest. A palimpsest is a manuscript (may be vellum or parchment) that has been written on, then the text has been scraped and soaped off, then a new text is written on top of the first one, but, with great care — and modern technology — the original text may sometimes still be read underneath the later, visible one

    Joseph Ratzinger by a column on the edge of St. Peter’s Square.

    Behind him, in the Square, stand his older brother and older sister, Georg and Maria. Both have gone on before him to the Lord. I do not know the date of the picture.

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