When I say Mozart ... what comes into your head?

September 25, 2014 at 04:56 AM · What does Mozart mean to you? What is "the Mozart style"? What are the things that characterise Mozart's music for you? Is it elegance, flawless bow control ... emotion ...

Just interested to hear people's opinions and any tips for playing Mozart stylistically correct.

Replies (29)

September 25, 2014 at 06:39 AM · Hell. Yep. First thing that came to my mind!

September 25, 2014 at 07:04 AM · Chocolate ice cream?

September 25, 2014 at 07:22 AM · Genius, born in an extraordinary family. I would read his letters and A Treatise on the Fundamentals of Violin Playing by his only teacher, his dad Leopold.

September 25, 2014 at 09:32 AM · Opera cake

September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM · Bananas?

September 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM · Light and fluffy!

....but that doesn't mean easy...

I love 'happy Mozart'...

September 25, 2014 at 04:34 PM · Mozart Balls.


September 25, 2014 at 06:59 PM · The first thing to my mind is it was the mid-century, the aristocrats dancing to his music.

September 25, 2014 at 07:10 PM · Mozzarella?

September 25, 2014 at 09:29 PM · Chocolate covered marzipan. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

September 25, 2014 at 09:38 PM · But we also had a topic on this not so long ago (and a few more before that) that you might find useful:

'How to play Mozart'

September 26, 2014 at 01:02 AM ·

September 26, 2014 at 03:43 AM · I think Mozart had fun writing much of his music, and he would want us to have fun playing it. He wouldn't want it to be hell.

September 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Pretty blonde girls come into my head, in a very intellectual and spiritual way ...

John - how do they become crooked?

September 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM · You'd have to ask Mozart himself. It's from one of his letters.

September 26, 2014 at 01:09 PM · I'll phone him later, if he's in ...

September 26, 2014 at 04:05 PM · Bum steer from John Minnich.

September 26, 2014 at 11:56 PM · Bum steer????


It's from a letter Mozart wrote to his cousin. Quoted repeatedly in a novel called "JR" by Wm. Gaddis

September 27, 2014 at 02:02 AM · Nice going, hijacking someone's thread with your cheeky crap, guys.

September 27, 2014 at 08:04 AM · Cheeky bums?

September 27, 2014 at 02:36 PM · The BOTTOM LINE is:- Elise Stanley provided a nice link for the OP. IMHO, but it didn't work for me.

Try this - I am sure it's the one.


September 27, 2014 at 05:42 PM · David your link didn't work for me either (and I checked its the same problem with mine).

So the best way to find that topic is to use the search box above for "Mozart" "Style" and click on the topic called: 'How to play Mozart' (it was third in the list for me).

... But I also want to start a new topic on this which addresses a more general aspect.

September 28, 2014 at 07:45 AM · "David your link didn't work for me either..."

My link is not "live". You need to copy it into Google and let it search. Bingo.

BTW I used to be able to insert live links but after a change to the violinist.com site I have not learned how to do so. Any advice welcome !! Insertion of pictures defeats me, too.

September 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM · If you would like to include a link in your post, please use the HTML code for a hyperlink to the URL you wish to link: a href="http://www.violinist.com/">This is a link to Violinist.com (THERE SHOULD BE A < BEFORE a href)

If you would like to embed an image, please use the HTML code for images: (img src="http://www.violinist.com/art/members/laurie.jpg") (Please do not embed images more than 500 pixels wide.) You can upload and store your photos to any of a variety of services, including Photobucket, ImageShack.us, Flickr, or Webshots.

(This is from the submit message page) YOU NEED TO INCLUDE THE <> AT THE START AND END OF THE IMG CODE - FOR EXAMPLE less tha IMG ETC AND .JPG greater than ...

If I include the full links here it it will include a nice picture of Laurie and also make the link to V.com so have had ro leave out!

September 28, 2014 at 05:09 PM · David - I copied it into the URL box but it did not find the topic so there is a weird flaw, probably in v.com itself.

The code for url links or image insertion is given above the reply box (I can see both now while writing). All you do is copy the entire code )(starting with

for images note that you can not upload an image onto V.com, you can only link to one elsewhere. However, if you can find it on google image then you can click on 'view image' and copy that url into the box.

Here is an example:

Just be careful to not add or remove any spaces or returns (there is one after the a at the beginning of the url template that I had a terrible time with).

And now back to the Mozart topic... (I'm sure he is very confused...)


September 28, 2014 at 06:02 PM · Uhm, not to intrude on your segue but for me I think Mozart and I think of elegance. All about the refinement, right? My youth orchestra is a string-orchestra, so we often play Mozart pieces, but I've found it a bit unwieldy in a large group. I look forward to putting together a quartet with my peers this year and playing some. It's just so sensitive, and as we all know, so easy to screw up.

September 29, 2014 at 09:38 PM · I remember he also wrote the slow movement of the Sinfonia Concertante and the Requiem and I really can't answer your question. What I would say is that he managed to plumb depths that Berlioz merely strove to plumb.

October 1, 2014 at 03:51 AM · Wolfie the Plumber?

I agree the elegance and refinement are there, but so is the depth. And daring! The third mvt of M3 gets downright weird!

October 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM · and the Dissonance intro?

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