Why is Young Amadeus called Young Amadeus?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Pythagoras, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    I always thought it was because it was based on a tune that he wrote when he was young, but a documentary I saw a bit of recently seemed to say that that piece was one of his last, so why is it called Young?
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I believe the film for which the arrangement was made featured him in his younger days, and he never exectly lived to old age, anyway ;)
  3. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Yes I thought it came from the title of the film. The theme is based on one of his clarinet concertos. (Don't know which one)
  4. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    As he only wrote (completed?) one, it may be from THE clarinet concerto ;)
  5. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Yes, it is based on the middle movement of the Eb concerto. I've never known why it is called THe Young Amadeus though, as the concerto was one of the last pieces he wrote. However, as Mozart was only in his 30s when he died, I suppose he was always the young Amadeus? :confused:
  6. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Perhaps because it sounds like a GCSE composition!!!!!!
  7. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    The Eb Concerto? When last I looked it was in A major. It was written in the October of 1791, just a few weeks before he died.
  8. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Well, I'm sure Mozart meant to write it in Eb! :tongue:

    Isn't it strange how your memory plays tricks on you - I was convinced this was in Eb....... :oops:
  9. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    As I recall, the 'Young' is more a reference to its intended audience. The Young Amadeus, the Young Messiah, The Young Verdi... I believe they were conceived as some sort of 'rock operas' for children, but it seems they only really became popular in the Netherlands.

    I'm not 100% certain of the above, but I seem to remember seeing it somewhere! ;)

    Still, if I'm right, perhaps this can form the basis for tMP to do its own rock opera for children.... The Young BOC'! ;) (Only the 'C' of 'BOC' will have to indicate something other than its present definition! :))
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2006
  10. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Surely then it would be a BYC.;)
  11. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Not wishing to be pedantic (OK, I do wish to be pedantic :)) but if the 'Young' of 'Young Amadeus' refers to its potential audience, 'The Young BOC' is intended to introduce a young audience to the life and knowledge of a Boring OLD........ Codger!

    :) :)

    (Gets coat, as it's blowing a hoolie here on Arran... :))

    p.s. I surmised that 'Young Amadeus' was a 'rock opera'. The tMP version could, of course, be a BOC opera! :)
  12. Marlon Bando

    Marlon Bando New Member

    I believe you are correct, Dave. Changing the music from 3/4 to 4/4 and adding a drum kit means the music is designed for 'young' audiences, and is more trendy, etc, etc. or was.....

    The second mvt, of the original, i believe IS in Eb major. WOrks well on a horn, with one or two alterations.
  13. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Ahh, maybe that's what I was thinking of :biggrin: :tup


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