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Thursday, 26 January 2006


But do they know it’s Robbie Burns Night?  I noted Robert Burns last year on this day.

He was an interesting character, and a contemporary of Mozart, Heydn and the French Revolution (which he supported).  The Robert Burns Encyclopedia has some detailed information about him.  The Horsecross in Perth is having a Mozart & Burns 2006 concert this Sunday:

his day of music and words explores their world and art, and ponders what might have happened if Rabbie had met Wolfgang.

2006 is a major year for Mozart lovers - the 250th anniversary of his birth. By way of celebration, Horsecross presents an array of Mozart related events over the coming year, including our Mozart Journeys series, and this day of Mozart+Burns. Why bring together these two great men? Pause for a moment and consider how much they had in common. They were born and died within a few years of each other. Both died tragically young, but left an impressive body of works and both enjoy an enduring status as two of the most influential artists of all time. And there is more: in the Age of Enlightenment, they shared a passionate belief in the dignity of humanity, an egalitarianism at odds with the aristocratic society they depended upon for patronage.

Some twenty years after Burns’ death Beethoven was commissioned to compose folk songs to the words of Robert Burns.  There is a story from last year in the Scotsman as well as the Independent about this.

Posted by bigblue on 26/01/2006 at 12:20 AM
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