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Mozart's Attic - Thursday, May 5th 10:00 pm

George Frederick Handel
George Frederick Handel

This week we look at music of two composers -- Handel and Mozart -- and some of the differences in the way they sound depending on the viewpoints and ideas of the performers, as well as the various musical forces available then and today.

When Mozart's music is played on a modern grand piano accompanied by an orchestra of likewise modern instruments, the balances shift and there is a subtle, but quite noticeable change in the character of the music.

Likewise with Handel's instrumentation, but to this we can add differences of focus as to whether the music is for concert use or for a pleasant diversion.

The performances are all correct and they are all worthy, but they are not at all the same.

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)