How long is a piece of Mozart?

How long is a piece of Mozart?


norman lebrecht

February 21, 2021

This is the Wrigey’s chewing-gum version of the Turkish rondo.



  • fflambeau says:

    Wrigley has not debased (to my knowledge) Mozart to the extent that the chocolaters in Austria have.

  • mel says:

    For those readers in the States you may be subjected to a dodgy TV advert that has completely butchered the Marriage of Figaro overture as the e-commerce soundtrack. I’m talking about blind-cut-and-paste stuff…

  • Gary Freer says:

    I find Mozart loses its flavour on the bedpost overnight.

  • Angus says:

    Dreadful! And too long.
    This is better

  • That’s great!

    It is as if someone had tried to write it down from memory after hearing it once in a noisy piano bar.

    It also reminds me of a story my mother told of going to a grade school piano recital. One of the recitalists got stuck, she couldn’t remember the grand finale of her sonatina, so she just kept repeating the section before it, over and over and over until she gave up… in tears, of course!

  • Awful!
    Ne touche pas à mes classiques!

  • Ricardo says:

    Reminds me of the experiment Bernstein did with Mozart’s 40th symphony in the Harvard Lectures in 1973, except this dude takes it to extremes.
    I like it! (I’m sure I’m gonna get lotsa thumbs down for that. Sorry! hopeless unmusical oaf, dovoid of all taste!)

  • María de Lourdes Silva says:

    Si es juego está bien. Pero si esto es serio, que desastre.

  • JussiB says:

    Not bad.
    Reminds me of Carlos Santana’s ‘cultural appropriation’ in his song “Love of My Life”, using the poco allegretto theme from Brahms Third Symphony.

  • John Nemaric says:

    Where is the video that goes along the music? Can I get a copy of it?

  • Michael T. Redden says:

    I thought you meant the length of one of his fingers??

  • Petros Linardos says:

    I hear an allusion to the Sirtaki from Zorba the Greek at 0:42-0:55. “Alla Greca”?

    Compare to 1:36-2:06 in this clip.

  • AlbericM says:

    This seems to be a comic reimagination of how Mozart might have composed the piece through improvisation. What we hear are all the ways Mozart might have gone wrong but didn’t. So glad WAM followed the principle of measuring twice before writing once.

  • Monty Earleman says:

    Too many notes…..