Thursday, February 26, 2009

Theme Thursday: Toys

Wolfgang's father, Leopold, wrote the Toy Symphony, more formally known as Cassation in G for Orchestra and Toys. Toys of the period are some of the instruments. We used to have a very old LP of this. Where it is, I do not know. Here is one orchestra's interpretation of it from YouTube:

29 comments:

Mrsupole said...

I never thought of instruments as toys, but I guess they are.

Wonderful, fantastic, toys.

Probably some of the best toys that were ever invented.

Baino said...

Ooh Tut Tut . .that's a nice variation on the theme! I remember the music too! It's up there with the Nutcracker and Peter and the Wolf!

The Clever Pup said...

Unique way of presenting the theme.

I didn't know Leopold wrote a toy symphony. Nice

Candie Bracci said...

classic music isn't my thing but I did enjoy that!
Thank you
:)

Gledwood said...

I never knew Amadeus's Dad knocked out tunes too... that's not at all bad!

PS did you see my hamsters at mine? How exciting is that: the actual Bashful Spherical and Itchy starring on Youtube!!!

willow said...

This was a unique spin on "toy"! Beautiful!

JGH said...

Ah, this is one of those pieces I've heard many times throughout my life and never knew what it was called. Fun to see it performed.

Dakota Bear said...

Thank you! I did not know this composition before, very much enjoyed hearing it.

Kurt said...

Mozart had a dad?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

some of those instruments sure look like fun....I like the twirly thingy! I bet I might even be able to play something like that....I got good wrist moves.

fun piece.... wouldn't it be nice if playgrounds had this piped in as background music for the kids to climb and play with....

Roy said...

Clever! Very clever, tut-tut! What a unique take on the theme.

Cinnamon said...

Well you learn something new every day! Do you think he wrote it for little Wolfgang to join in with his musical toys?

I wonder if the composer who wrote the score for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang heard this? I am sure some of those toy-instruments must have featured in the scene where Dick Van Dyke pretends to be a dancing puppet.

Cinnamon said...

Oh my comment got lost!

I was just saying how I wondered whether he wrote it for little Wolfgang to join in with his toy instruments?

Thank you for teaching me something new!

PG said...

Did you know I'd love this? TOY symphony? Of course I do, I've never heard this one, either, thank you!

Brian Miller said...

nice refreshing interlude tot eh day and take on the theme. I enjoyed some of the unusual instruments they incorporated as well. Nice job.

Avid Reader said...

NICE!

Megan said...

Shoot, can't view from work. I'll be back tonight!

Kris said...

I like Mozart's dad's old stuff better than Mozart's dad's new stuff.

runmotman said...

so now i guess i prefer Mozart to his dad...who knew. My kids have got a cd of classical music done on toys. It's pretty insipid.

Ronda Laveen said...

It is a fun, happy and "playful" piece. Very enjoyable. Thanks.

subtorp77 said...

tut-tut, very cool reference!I think I use dto have it on vinyl. Still have a lot of versions of "Babes in Toyland" :)

Cuppa Jo said...

I love it! Thanks!

angela said...

That's an interesting take. I never thought of instruments as being toys..
I like the video and have learned something about Mozart today..

Dot-Com said...

I remember the music, actually think my dad had the LP. Must look for it next time I visit :-)

citizen of the world said...

That's a nice take on the theme - both the title of the piece and that they are "playing."

e said...

Love the playful nature of the music, wonderful take on Theme Thursday. Hope all is well.

Barbara said...

I love the fact that entire families were often musical. How appropriate that a father would write a symphony about toys for his children!

Middle Ditch said...

That was lovely. Great to see those toys.

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Tut!
thanks for the musical interlude.