Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Duos for Violin and Viola, K.423 & 424
“Sarata” for violin solo
“Threnody” to the victims of 2020 pandemic for viola solo
Why is Mozart’s music so popular? Well, for the same reason that Bob Dylan’s music is so popular; it is simple, understandable, accessible, familiar and deals with concepts that are accessible to all. It does not aim at musical progress and innovation, at bringing the listener out of his comfort zone; it is melodic — and melody is key to popularity. It is diverse and appeals to all tastes — from opera, to chamber and symphonic music. Finally, it has musical interest — behind this apparent simplicity, Mozart would sprinkle his music with interesting musical surprises and twists — he is well-known for using chromaticism at a time where it was still considered a strong dissonance, and two centuries before Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie used it as the foundation of bebop!
Is classical music is dominated overwhelmingly by dead white guys?
Well, not at all true anymore.
Come and witness the 2 solo works composed by Narongrit Dharmabutra, a Thai national artist who has been composing classical music non stop for the past 40 years!