Selection of the week

A performance of Mozart’s Table Music Duet for two violins.  I think this piece best exemplifies the singular brilliance of Mozart.  This piece consists of only a single line of music (see below for those who can read music).  One person reads it right side up and the other reads it upside down.  Thus the beginning of the piece for one person is the end of the piece for the other person read upside down.  In music, the position of the notes is relative to the staff so a note read upside down is not the same read right side up, except for the middle B in treble clef.  For example, the D  read right side up (4th line from the bottom) is equivalent to the G read upside down (2nd line form bottom) in the key of G major.




5 thoughts on “Selection of the week

  1. oh, i see. i egt it. i took classical music, folk jazz etc an then i forgot it all. i play a quaternion—4 strings. see ‘venus in furs’ by john cale on youtube or ‘heroin’ by the velvet undeground (eg boston tea party or other versions with nico and andy warhol and the police too). or david hestenes clifford algebras also ) i see stepehn hsu ( ) and unz are doing a harvard thiing. azimuth has a paper in entropy .


  2. i used to read music. someone who studied at julliard academy taught me it—a black lady too, one of the few blacks at julliard–she lived in my neighborhood. very nice and tolerant since i didnt practice enough. i taught my father some of this stuff. it got too rough so they put me in a different place and i didnt like the teacher so i took all the money so she banned me which is what i wanted.


  3. also i only play minor chords basically—i have my own tuning which everyone says is wrong—in the line of indian raga music and john cale ‘venus in furs’ and VU (lou reed—heroin). i been to india too—veranasi (the ghats hindu place and alot of dope addicts) right off the ganges river and you can get there from ladack up in the himalayas (about 19000 foot pass–now i hear they put a road there). pass thriough hadwar rishikesh and manali and then deal with indian police. i think this mozart is like group theory. you use a symmetry group—-flip it over and it is all the same. alot of math does this—some start counting at 0, 1, 2 etc an others start at infinity and count down


  4. Hi Carson! Glad you posted this. I just played the Tabletop Duet with another violinist as a demo for some kids (last Saturday, March 12). I read about this in a textbook years ago and have always wanted to play it. I could never get over how cleverly it was composed. Anyway, I’m glad you are drawing attention to this cool little piece of music. Have you played it with your daughter yet?


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