Thomas Pynchon: Mason & Dixon
Chapter 10 (pp. 94-104) Notes
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Johann Joaquim (1697-1773)
German flautist and composer, and court composer for Frederick II, the Great.
He wrote a treatise on flute playing and composed a huge quantity of pieces for
the flute; Etude, 53; 104; Imperial Melismata, 413
17; 94; 98; 162; 631
Solar System Live
the interactive Orrery of the Web. You can view the entire Solar System,
or just the inner planets (through the orbit of Mars).
Whys it Called an Orrery?
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Quantz, Johann Joaquim (1697-1773) German flautist and composer, and court composer for Frederick II, the Great. He wrote a treatise on flute playing and composed a huge quantity of pieces for the flute; Etude, 53; 104; Imperial Melismata, 413
Kepler 17; 94; 98; 162; 631
Solar System Live the interactive Orrery of the Web. You can view the entire Solar System, or just the inner planets (through the orbit of Mars).
Whys it Called an Orrery?
Dittersdorf, Karl Ditters von
* 2. Nov. 1739 in Wien
24. Okt. 1799 auf Schloß Rothlhotta (bei Neuhof, Böhmen) www.operone.de/komponist/dittersdorf.html
A quick internet search turns out thousands of documents on von Dittersdorf who enjoyed a reputation as a composer that even eclipsed that of Haydn and Mozart at his time (www.geocities.com/Vienna/2499/Dittersdorf.html) but is relatively unknown to a wider public today. You will find the Haydn & Mozart-comparison in most of the texts. Excerpts from his work can be heard at amazon & alike.
Carl [Karl] Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739 - 1799) short biography and additional links.
He composed some forty-five operas ( Il finto pazzo per amore,Betrug durch Aberglauben,Die Liebe im Narrenhause,Das rothe Käppchen ), sacred vocal music, at least 120 symphonies, chamber music (including string quartets), and keyboard music. His florid autobiography (Lebenbeschreibung,Leipzig, 1801) provides a valuable glimpse of the life of an 18th-century court musician.
Fame is a fickle thing; it can burst out like a shooting star and fade away just as quickly. Most composers have enjoyed their moment of fame, but for Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, his was a long and glorious moment indeed. In his hey-day, Dittersdorfs career even overshadowed Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His was music that will live on forever but it seems that history has seen to it that this was proven a false prophecy, and the music of Haydn and Mozart probably hammered in the nails that sealed Dittersdorfs coffin.Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799) by Allan Badley:
Carl Ditters was one of the most prolific and versatile of the Viennese contemporaries of Haydn and Mozart. He was also one of the most engaging professional musicians of his generation and his famous autobiography, completed two days before his death, reveals a man of charm, vivacity and learning.both articles by Joshua Lilly and Allan Badley on one page at www.classicalhub.com
in German: Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf von Andreas Daams:
Ich will, da ich gewiß weiß, daß mein Name und meine Werke in ganz Europa bekannt sind, annehmen, daß in diesem bevölkerten Weltteile ich einer halben Million Menschen Vergnügen gemacht habe. Wenn nun jeder dieser Menschen einen einzigen Groschen in omni et toto mir, oder besser zu sagen, meiner Familie denn mir nützt es nicht mehr zuwürfe, welch eine geringe Beisteuer für den Geber, und welch eine beträchtliche Unterstützung für eine hinterlassene, trostlose Familie eines Mannes, der, wie jener im Evangelium, sein Talent nicht vergraben hat!
Johann Joachim Quantz
Baker, Theodore and Slonimsky, Nicolas,
Bakers Biographical Dictionary of
Simon & Schuster, March 1992, ISBN: 0028724151
Johann Joachim Quantz (Jan. 30 1697-July 12 1773) is a major figure in the world of the flute. He is less well-known than he ought to be, though, since the vast majority of his works remain unpublished. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that his many sonatas and concertos (several hundred of each survive) were written for a jealous monarch, who did not care to see the works he had paid for distributed to a wider public. Of Quantzs works only six sonatas with continuuo (published in 1734, after Quantz had begun to teach Frederick the Great, but before he had taken an official position at court) and six duets (published 1759) appeared in print with Quantzs permission.
Johann Joachim Quantz and Frederick the Great What could we have done without them? Essay and bibliography.
Compositions by this composer played in the last 30 days on WQXR, The Classical Station of the New York Times you can listen to online (96.3).
As usual when getting into it Pynchon makes us aware of a great artist we may not have encountered yet. Theres a lot of material on the web that shows us the remaining fragments of her poetry and tells about her, as usual, controversial life:
Someone in Another Time will Remember Us.
Fragments and Links
Evening, thou that bringest all that bright morning scattered; thou bringest the sheep, the goat, the child back to her mother. H. T. Wharton Thus imitated by Byron:-- O Hesperus, thou bringest all good things-- Home to the weary, to the hungry cheer, To the young bird the parent's brooding wings, The welcome stall to the o'erlaboured steer; Whate'er of peace about our hearthstone clings, Whate'er our household gods protect of dear, Are gathered round us by thy look of rest; Thou bring'st the child too to its mother's breast. Byron's Don Juan, iii. 107. And by Tennyson:-- The ancient poetess singeth, that Hesperus all things bringeth, Smoothing the wearied mind: bring me my love, Rosalind. Thou comest morning or even; she cometh not morning or evening. False-eyed Hesper, unkind, where is my sweet Rosalind? Leonine Elegiacs, 1830-1884. Hesperus brings all things back Which the daylight made us lack, Brings the sheep and goats to rest, Brings the baby to the breast. Edwin Arnold, 1869 Hesper, thou bringest back again All that the gaudy daybeams part, The sheep, the goat, back to their pen, The child home to his mother's heart. Frederick Tennyson, 1890. Evening, all things thou bringest Which dawn spread apart from each other; The lamb and the kid thou bringest, Thou bringest the boy to his mother. J. A. Symonds, 1883. Hesper, whom the poet call'd the Bringer home of all good things. Tennyson, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After, 1886 https://classicpersuasion.org/pw/sappho/sape08.htm#fr095 from: https://classicpersuasion.org/pw/sappho/index.htm -- mega site https://www.sappho.com/poetry/historical/sappho.html Some biography https://www.lesbian.org/sappho-project/ Who was Sappho https://cac.psu.edu/~ltv100/Classics/Poetry/sappho.html Some poems https://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~awiesner/bookimg14.html Sappho reading -- a picture