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MOZART’S ROMANZE ANDANTE, SECOND MOVEMENT FROM “EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK”
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 3 – NOV 21, 2016
EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK – 1st and 3rd MOVEMENT – MY OWN VARIATIONS
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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UPDATE NOVEMBER 30, 2016
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.
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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EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK – FULL SCORE
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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