Listening to orchestral or chamber music late at night on the radio is a good way to learn about the composers and their compositions. You can suck in a lot of knowledge just by having your ears open; the good stuff finds its way in. Now, it has to be on the radio, because only on the radio are the presenters are obliged to introduce the selections with interesting stories, anecdotes and history — you don’t get this illumination from Spotify or Apple Music or Music Choice or Song Robot, etc. It has to be the radio.
At any rate, the presenter on the radio late last night — could have been early this morning — was introducing a clarinet concerto by Franz Krommer (who?), and she asked the listeners a question: ‘What instrument’s sound most closely resembles that of the human voice’? Well, most of us would say the strings, specifically the violin. And indeed she did acknowledge the prevalence of that opinion. But do you know who had a different answer to this question? Mozart! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
Mozard contended, the presenter said, that the clarinet — the clarinet! — was the instrument whose sound most closely resembled that of the human voice. The mellow slipperiness, the slippery mellowness of the clarinet! Cazart, Mozart! Cazart! Who is anyone to argue with Mozart! The clarinet!
At any rate, we confess to having been clarinet players during our long-ago youth, and one of the pieces we performed (with a piano accompaniment instead of the strings) is the Mozart composition in the video. It’s pretty soulful, huh?
Free ones: Rundown…
Saratoga Race Course 2, 5, 6, 7, 10
Gulfstream Park Proper 5, 6, 7, 8, 11
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 4, 6, 8
Pay-side (Weekend/Weekday): Today…
Delpark 1, 5, 7, 9
Remington 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9
Today’s Stakes Pageantry: Singling-out #1 Mentality in Saratoga 9.
Yesterday’s Activity: More big balloons last night at Remington, with the late daily double paying $460.40 (for $2) on the hookup of 23-1 and 17-1. The former was elusive but the latter was a first-timer whose morning-line odds were a ‘mere’ 6-1. Yet she got away at nearly three times that despite a connection-line/slashline readout of 13pc/12pc/15pc — more than acceptable!
Mutuel of The Day goes to Huckleberry Hill in Indiana 7. ’Huck hounded the pacesetter and drew off in the lane to win by 8 at $38-straight. He was atop the conventional V6 Betting Line at Fair Odds of 3-1 and also was a Dual Qualifier (97, 89). Beaten 2-1 fave I Tweet was lower in all three categories. This time the odds (and the gods) were with us. Happens!
Del Mar 6f
Nocturnal Submission: Sifting through the wreckage…
Thank you. Best wishes. Goodbye. Find your voice.