A Musical Despacho for Santa Tierras (land fairies) of Rainbow Shower


Eight days ago, while washing some new dishes I had bought, I received a download of divine-sounding music. I figured it was Mozart. But I wasn’t sure what piece it was.

So I recorded some opening bars and sent them out to the universe for someone to identify them for me.

Not long afterward, I got my answer. It came from Belgrade, Serbia. My nephew Staša Jovanović identified it as Romanze Andante, the 2nd movement of Mozart’s famous “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

As it turns out, that’s the piece whose 1st movement (better known and more often performed) I received as a download from Mozart at Christmas in 2008. And I recorded it at the time on my antique piano. It now feels like a slow motion film.  (Mozart at Christmas in 2008 – https://youtu.be/sElFgMic4Pw).

Elizabeth and I also heard Eine Kleine Nachtmusik when we attended a Mozart concert with my 8-year old grandson, a cello player, in Vienna in May 2014. Now, that was super fast. I am not sure that even today I could play that fast.

But back to Andante, which means slow in Italian, the second movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik has been playing in my head or wherever music resides in our souls practically non-stop during the last week. I would wake up in the night and hear it. I would also visualize fingering. And the various instruments.

Anyway, today (Nov 20, 2016) was the day my spirit guides have told me I was ready to record it. I was not sure about that. But who am I to argue with them. So here it is, just the audio for now, in my own rendition:


Keep in mind that I only used the violin score to create this full orchestral version. So all harmonies and instrumentation are my interpretations. As a result, the piece may not fully correspond to the way Mozart (and his subsequent scribes) have written it. But it is the way I heard when I received that Nov 12 download.

And now, here’s full musical video of that piece. Enjoy!

Mozart Romanze Andante, 2nd movement, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – in Bob Altzar Djurdjevic’s arrangement and interpretation – recorded on a Clavinova in Scottsdale, Arizona on Nov 20, 2016

Direct link to Youtube: https://youtu.be/wJ-kjy3UMCk

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While I was at it this afternoon, I also (re)recorded the entire Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, including some of my own variations and improvisations that have come to me over the years. In due course, I will edit and post that as well as one complete work, a sort of composite Mozart-Altzar piece, probably 90% Mozart and 10% Altzar.

Mozart at Christmas in 2008 recorded it at the time on my antique piano (https://youtu.be/sElFgMic4Pw).

UPDATE 2 – NOV 21, 2016
 For the full story, including some still shots from the recording session, click on…


UPDATE 3 – NOV 21, 2016


And now, here’s the rest of the recording I made on Sunday evening, Nov 20, 2016. This is the first movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and my own variations inspired by the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star tune and others. Let’s call them the 3rd movement of this famous Mozart piece.

I do believe this may be the first time that I have recorded these variations, even though I have been playing them for years, since at least 2009.

You will also see in this music video images I shot during a May 17, 2014 Mozart concert Elizabeth and I and my grandson Nikolai (then 8, now 10 – a cellist) attended at Vienna’s famous Musikverein. But the audio is all mine, from the Nov 20 recording. You might even notice a 21st century guy in striped shirt who snuck up behind the Mozart 18th century ensemble with his Yamaha Clavinova keyboard. 🙂

EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK – 1st and 3rd MOVEMENTS – MY OWN VARIATIONS – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded on Nov 20, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Direct link to Youtube: https://youtu.be/sgSR3T4buGA

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Scenes from my Nov 20 recording…

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Last night, in dreamtime or during semi awake time in the middle of the night, I received some new bars for the fourth variation of the second movement – Romanze Andante – of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. And after working on it for a bit in the morning, I recorded this new version of it.

This is also my “Love Despacho” for the Santa TIerras – land spirits or fairies, if you prefer – of the Rainbow Shower, my Maui property. They have been anxiously awaiting something like this since I left Maui two months ago.

Mozart Romanze Andante, 2nd movement, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – in Bob Altzar Djurdjevic’s arrangement and interpretation – recorded on a Clavinova in Scottsdale, Arizona on Nov 30, 2016

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And then I just kept going till I had recorded all four movements of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  They are not exactly as Mozart had written them. The third movement, for example, featuring the flute as the lead instrument, are mostly my own variations on the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star-theme.


Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – all four movements – in Bob Altzar Djurdjevic’s arrangement and interpretation – recorded on a Clavinova in Scottsdale, Arizona on Nov 30, 2016

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I had seldom spent a better lunch hour. Courtesy of the Phoenix Symphony, I did it in the company of Beethoven, Dvořák and a group of wonderful Phoenix Symphony musicians.

Oh, and did I mention Tito Muñoz conducting, Mark Kosower, cello? Outstanding performance all around!

The first piece was Egmont Overture, Op. 84, by Ludwig van Beethoven. Egmont is a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, arguably the greatest German language poet that ever lived. Beethoven wrote it between October 1809 and June 1810, and it was premiered on 15 June 1810.

Here’s the overture:

Direct link: https://youtu.be/VP7RnuCmM00

I was a little late and was not given the program before I took my seat. So I had no idea what the first piece would be. But I as soon as I heard a few opening bars, I knew it was Beethoven. The man has such a unique musical signature, like Mozart his senior.

This was followed by the brilliant Cello Concerto in B minor by Antonin Dvořák. He wrote it In the winter of 1894–95in Vienna. Dvořák’s first love and later sister-in-law, Josefina Kaunitzová, née Čermáková, died in May 1895. He and she had maintained friendly relations over the years. After her death he revised the coda of his Cello Concerto in her memory.

Here’s another recording of this cello concerto:

And today, Tito Muñoz, Mark Kosower and the Phoenix Symphony revived that love story in a brilliant fashion. What a luncheon treat! All received a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.


Afterward, I had my picture taken next to a Beethoven poster which depicted him as a rocker. 🙂

It has been ages since I was in downtown Phoenix in daytime. So I took some pictures from the steps of the Symphony Hall. The weather was perfect: 72F.



“Well, no wonder the second concerto sounded like Dvořák,” I said. “Because it was Dvořák.”

Two things happened during this concert that might put a smile on your face.

Remember how I was a bit late and didn’t get the program right away?

Well, after Beethoven’s Egmont Overture ended, I asked for one and went to my assigned seat. I quickly perused it before the start of the next piece. According to the program, it was supposed to be Symphony No. 1 by John Corigliano, written in 1938.

I had never heard of this composer before, so as the piece progressed, featuring an amazing cello soloist, I thought to myself,, “that’s quite incredible that a piece of this depth and richness of melody and harmony would be written by an unknown composer of the 20th century.”

I was mentally comparing it to George Gershwin’s music, for example, who was Corigliano’s contemporary. As popular as Gershwin is in America, his music sounds like factory machinery compared to the amazing concerto I was listening to. I began to quite admire this Corigliano I had never heard of before.

At the end, the soloist and the orchestra got a standing ovation and were called back several times.

According to the program, next was supposed to be a 2o-minute intermission. Being a daylight concert, I used the opportunity to go out for a little walk in downtown Phoenix. I had not been there in daytime for a very long time. And the weather was lovely – only 72F.

When I got back, it looked like almost everybody had left the Phoenix Symphony Hall. I asked the usher at the door, “what’s this about everybody leaving? Don’t they want to hear the second half?

“The concert is over, Sir,” the usher explained.

We then looked at my program together. And he said that for this daytime performance, they would skip Corigliano symphony and only play Beethoven and Dvořák.

“Well, no wonder the second concerto sounded like Dvořák,” I said. “Because it was Dvořák.”

And then I realized my second mistake. Corigliano did not write his music that I never heard in 1938. He was born in 1978 and is still alive and living in New York City.

So I just smiled and left. “Wonder if his music sounded anything like Gershwin’s?” I thought on the way out. In which case I am glad I missed it.

When I got back home I started to listen to a Youtube recording of Corigliano’s symphony. I didn’t last more than a minute. Corigliano is no Gershwin.  The segment I listened to sounded like a bunch of mice running away in mortal agony upon sighting a cat. 🙂

I know, that was not very nice. I don’t know the man. But I am pretty sure that Dvořák would have never voted for her. 🙂