Wednesday, September 3, 2008


May 31, 2008 12:48 AM


Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 17 in G major, K. 453

Mozart composed this concerto for his student Babette Ployer in 1784.
This concerto simply cannot be discussed without mentioning Mozart’s pet starling. The composer discovered to his amusement and delight that the family pet could whistle the opening theme of the Finale of this concerto. Well, almost—the bird held the last note of the first bar too long, and sharped the last two notes of the following bar—but there was no doubt the starling was imitating Mozart’s jaunty theme.

I was hunting for a Starling so that I may post the photo before tonights concert.
I was lucky to find one in such a cool pose :-)

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