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Monday, May 01, 2006

Marriage of Figaro Birthday

Well, May the First, here we are, a one third into the year double o six, and what can we celebrate? Seeing as it's a Mozart year, and the boy/man hasn't received a dedicated posting, it's about due. 220 years today, on May 1, 1786 in Vienna was the premiere night of that greatest of opera buffas, le nozze di figaro, or as it's much better known to you and me, The Marriage of Figaro. It's confused plot of paired philandering couples leaves me prostrated in an easy-chair, and I feel like hitting a tab of acid. The plot comes in 4 acts, and seems full of people hiding in cupboards and under chairs, and locking doors and shouting - quite childish, very Mozart. Forgive the little pest, he wrote some good tunes, and the overture lives an independent, immortal life. Have a listen to this oddball Midi arrangement, just click here.