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Friday, November 9, 2012



Living as a contented recluse on an acreage in the country, I am known to few beyond the immediate circle of my doctor, dentist, accountant, and the Commissioner of Taxation.

This contemplative life suits me and fits in well with my taste for classical music. And how much more classical can you get than Mozart? His Clarinette Concerto sends a shiver down my spine even without looking at those stunning scenes in the film Out of Africa.

Mozart's compositions have all been neatly numbered in Koechels by a man called - you guessed it - Koechel. This keeps non-German-speakers away from serious bodily harm as they can refer to "Koechel 525" instead of having to work their way through "Eine kleine Nachtmusik".

His Clarinette Concerto, which became the theme in Out of Africa, is Koechel 622. You could make quite a name for yourself by starting a conversation about the film with, "Wasn't Mozart's Koechel 622 absolutely sublime?".

If you get a bit confused about numbers in your old age as I do, you may just want to stick with the number 365. This is, you may remember, the number of days in an average year. It is also the number of Mozart's Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for Two Pianos.

Just stay away from it in a leap year!