Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Not that Elvira

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Exquisitely beautiful, I have always referred to this music as 'Elvira Madigan.' Just discovered that this moniker was only attached to Mozart's concerto because it was used as mood music for a Swedish movie of the same name (1967) about an Elvira Madigan who was a tightrope walker and in a murder-suicide pact with her lover in 1889. The music is played while she and Lt. Sixten Sparre row across a placid lake to an island for a picnic and then death. Which is really weird that the name from an obscure foreign film stuck to Mozart's composition.

Not Mozart's Elvira.
And to avoid any further confusion, this music is neither associated with the Oak Ridge Boys (who played 'Elvira' for the first President Bush when he was in the hospital last year- see Oak Ridge Boys - Elvira http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdFghZmdwXk) nor the television host Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

Although I believe that sassy Mozart would have appreciated all the above allusions attached to his music.




Mozart - Piano concerto No 21, Elvira Madigan - Best-of Classical Music


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