Some Mozart

13 08 2009

Just for the hell of it. One anonymous commenter once posted on my old blog this comment:

When the angels play before the Throne of God, they play Bach, but when they play for their own pleasure, they play Mozart … and God eavesdrops.

Does anyone know the origin of this quip, or was this guy just really clever?


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2 03 2010
Operaman

Karl Barth

16 08 2009
Arturo Vasquez

I heard it differently (in Argentina, no less):

He is said to have said, “in love, I speak Italian. In diplomacy, I speak French. I speak German in military maneuveurs, Spanish in court, and I speak English to my horse.” Or something like that.

16 08 2009
Dcn. Brian Carroll

Can’t help you with source of the quote you mention but it prompts me to share an aphorism just as delicious (attributed to Charles V): I speak French to my mistress, I speak German to my horse, but to my God I speak Spanish.

15 08 2009
Visibilium

If I have to listen to cookie-cutter decadence, like Mozart and Hayden, in heaven, I’ll request a transfer to the Palestrina rung of wherever.

14 08 2009
John S Bell

“It may be that when the angels go about their task of praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille, they play Mozart and that then too our dear Lord listens with special pleasure.”

Karl Barth, essay on Mozart

14 08 2009
Anthony

I once had that as a quote for my facebook profile. I love Bach (Cabanilles is nice, too), but I indulge in Mozart every now and then.

I love this piece, BTW. More Mozart, less Philip Glass, please! 😉

13 08 2009
e.

I heard the very same quote from Fr. George Rutler.

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