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Thanksgiving – Virtuosity

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

What must it be like to do something so effortlessly it probably shocks you others can’t do likewise. In literature it might be to write like Nabokov; in sports to place a ball off the tennis strings like Roger Federer or glide through the air like Michael Jordan; in singing it might be to hold a note like Aretha Franklin. Soaring above these all though, and probably laughing at them as a bunch of slow learners, is the subject of today’s reflection – Wolfgang Mozart.

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The movie Amadeus was a wonderful blend of fact and fiction and a promising way to reignite an appreciation of Mozart through the eyes of a rival, but it shouldn’t be relied on as gospel. While it is true Mozart was a virtuoso from a young age, not enough credit is given to him for combining this talent with hard work. Under the influence of his father’s firm hand, own musicality and instruction, Mozart was immersed in a world of music from birth. As he grew older too he never lost the energy to surround himself with music, constantly attending performances by other musicians or seeking out new sounds rather than holing himself up in a garret, hermetically sealed away from the world.


Music teachers and true aficionados must groan at the ease with which we default to Mozart ahead of other more challenging and equally brilliant composers. They possibly think of it as elevator music or music to shop to but as a standard entry point into the classical field the public have chosen well. Mozart’s compositions arrived fully formed and largely unedited from his head. To think opuses like “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and Clarinet Concerto in A made the leap from his imagination to the scoresheet and then straight into our listening ear so fully formed, accomplished and timeless is amazing.

For the gift of Mozart’s virtuosity, and of many others, we say thank you.

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The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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