Father Mozart

Variations on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (1778) W. Mozart (1756-1791) Wolfgang Mozart married Constanze Weber (1762–1842) when he was 28 — she was 22 — and together they had six children, only two of whom survived Wolfgang. The elder son was Karl Thomas Mozart (1784-1858), a gifted pianist who turned his attention to commerce. His…

Tacet

This week’s Music Box is ‘tacet’ because it’s ‘Youth Sunday’. ‘Tacet’ is Latin for ‘is silent’, and it’s the music term for ‘don’t play’. In a set of orchestral parts, for example, if the 3rd bassoon doesn’t play, there will be a printed part that says ‘3rd bassoon: tacet’. You’d think this is odd –…