Saturday, September 10, 2011

MOZART MIRROR DUET (updated)




THE MIRROR DUET
The "Der Spiegel" (The Mirror) is a short
duet written for two unaccompanied violins
and is attributed to Mozart. What makes this
piece both unique and fascinating is that the
violin II part is the same music as the violin I
part only read upside down; a composition
technique known as an inverted retrograde,
similar to a palindrome. Because this
composition is often played with the two
musicians facing each other sharing one
sheet of music on a single stand laid
flat like a table it is sometimes 
called a "tabletop duet."
MIRROR DUET
EXAMPLE 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB1
QFaEiAZU&feature=youtu.be
Milton Glaser: Mozart Sneezes, 1983
MOZART
DER SPIEGAL DUET 1
video

MOZART
DER SPIEGAL DUET 2
video
MORE PALINDROMES
HAYDN MINUET:
The orchestra plays the first part twice
forwards, twice backwards, the second
part twice forwards, twice backwards,
and finally the first part twice
forwards, twice backwards.
HAYDN SYMPHONY NO. 47 IN G

III. Menuet al Roverso
Completely Palindromic Minuet and Trio
Tafelmusik, Performers

http://musicalassumptions.blogspot.com/2010/07/dancing-forwards-and-backwards.html
BACH CRAB CANON:
The manuscript depicts a single musical
sequence that is to be played front to
back and back to front.