FRIDAY MOZART BLOGGING…. Happy 250th Birthday, Mozart!

In celebration, we have ?douard Boubat’s famous musical cat, Partition (1982), accompanied by the only slightly less famous Jasmine Sitting Over the Fireplace (2003).

Want to test your knowledge of Mozart? Put on your headphones and take the BBC’s “Mozart or Not-Mozart?” audio quiz. It’s my kind of quiz: so easy even I passed!

On a slightly more serious, um, note, Tyler Cowen dons his flak jacket and tells you which Mozart you need to know and which you don’t. For what it’s worth, I agree with him about the symphonies. He also recommends this Terry Teachout essay on Mozart’s minor key masterpieces. My favorite Mozart is his Piano Concerto in D Minor K. 466 (Piano Concert #20 for the less refined, which includes me), so I recommend it too.

Better yet, go listen to some Mozart today. It might be too late for it to raise your IQ, but it can’t hurt to try.

UPDATE: And I almost forgot: you might also want to go see Terrence Malick’s The New World today. Not only is it a terrific film, but it features Mozart’s Piano Concert #23 as a recurring theme. Lovely.