Sunday, January 27, 2013

250 years since the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,Macedonia

So here comes another Sunday...and time for another visit to the Viridian's blog...where the theme this week is 'anything you wish'. The most tricky one for me I must say :)
Usually, id go for trains in such cases, sparing myself too much thinking...but I wanted to somewhat break that habit and post something different...and while wondering what could that be...something suitable came into the horizon...so here I am with this nice FDC issued by the Macedonian postal service in 2006, commemorating the 250 years since the birth of the child prodigy called Mozart....and why did my choice fall on this one? well, coz Mozart was actually born on January 27, so if he was still alive, today he would have been blowing 257 candles on his cake...boy, that would have been one very special cake....i hope it would have been cheesecake :)))
But unfortunately, this great man didnt manage to see many candles on his cake, since he died at the early age of only 35. But even this way, he has left great works behind him, having composed over 600 works.


well, im sure you all know who Mozart was, and more or less know the general things about him, so I wont bore you with that. ill just tell you that Ive never been to Salzburg, where he was born, but id REALLY love to go there one day...theyve told me that it is even more beautiful than Vienna...so me, who is absolutely in love with Vienna, must verify this on-spot one day :)
I love Mozart's works...I cant tell if i have a favourite, coz often it depends on how i feel, and to be quite honest, im terrible at remembering pieces entitled like "Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550" (though that is a really good one by Mozart) but titles like that just dont work for me.
At least the operas bear somewhat normal titles..
Unfortunately, Tom and Jerry seem not to have been into Mozart that much...there is an episode where Bart Simpson plays the Turkish Rondo, (which is a part of the Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331, and is probably one of his most popular piano pieces) but honestly i dont think that im impressed much of it...I still prefer the good old Tom and Jerry making a great concert out of some beautiful classical masterpiece :)

so if you know a cartoon where Mozart's music has been used, please share :)

and on a side note, since we are at the Macedonian postal service here...wanted to share something (not so nice) with you...already did it at my postcards' blog, bur for those who do not read that one, or have missed it:
10 days ago, there was a huge fire at the main post office in Skopje...and unfortunately, that is the post office where the Philatelic Bureau is also situated...or should I say, 'was'...there were no deaths fortunately, but the damage is huge..and the post office is not working at the moment...all the employees there have been reallocated to other post offices...however, I cant find out where the philately lady is and if she is working at all or she is taking a break...I dont know if and how many stamps have suffered the fire but practically, right now, i cant get any nice new stamps....I have to be satisfied with the general (boring) ones that are sold at the post offices..and i feel sort of handicapped this way...she was my only source for all the old and new issues, and always very kind and helpful...i mean, the postal clerks are also really nice people, but they just struggle with providing me nice stamps, and it is not their fault either...so my only source is right now...i dont know where. It is also a pity, coz that building was of unusual architecture, and also, very valuable murals have suffered, which used to be in the hall of the post office..quite a tragedy =/

you can read more about it here in case you are interested (lack of websites covering the event in English...sorry)

wishing you all a great Sunday, and before you get on with your Sunday chores, click on the button below and see what other interesting stories you may find today:


24 comments:

  1. OMG, so sorry to hear about the fire. Thinking about the many valuables lost there but lives are more important. Thankfully no one perished. I pray that operations will come back to normal soon so we can enjoy the fantastic stamps from your PO.

    We took a similar them for this week's Sunday Stamps. I know you will recognize it once you see it :)

    Have a happy Sunday, amiga.

    Postcards Crossing

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    1. thank you for choosing that one amiga! 7 August, Palacio Postal...what a day to remember

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  2. Lovely Mozart cover. Sorry to hear about the fire, at least no lives were lost, but I hate it when old buildings are lost in that way and of course it's terrible news for the Philatelic Bureau.
    On my blog today, I have a stamp which is kind of connected to translating, I thought of you when I was posting it :).
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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    1. Lisa, thank you again for that post...I really feel honoured, and have a smile on my face when I think about it :)

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  3. Nice musical FDC. What a philatelic tragedy, lets hope they set up a temporary office somewhere else, with your lady in place.

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    1. Thanks Joy. Yup, i wouldnt want to change my lady...despite that her calculator gives some extra 'figures' when calculating the price for my stamps, but she's been the one Ive known as the philately-lady since the early 90's

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  4. We have a set of Mozart CDs which we play regularly on long car journeys. Fine cover; hope the Philatelic Bureau rises from the ashes.

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    1. never tried Mozart in the car, long or short journeys...probably I should get behind the wheel for a change :)

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  5. So sad about the fire. Thank you for participating this week and showing us a fine cover.

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    1. thanks for dropping by viridian and for organizing all this

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  6. So sad about the postal fire, hopefully they can rebuild and reopen soon, glad there were no injuries! Not a musical bone in my body but Mozart is certainly a benchmark from which all musicians are measured! Quite the genius!

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    1. we are all hoping for that Bryon though with the kind of 'state-of-the-art' architecture we've been having lately, I dread at the thought of 'rebuilding' :)

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  7. Nice FDC. I didn't realize the Macedonian language looks so much like Russian.

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    1. we both use the Cyrillic alphabet :)

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  8. YAY!! My REPLY button is working!! Hurray Hurray!

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  9. odlican izbor :) nadan se da nisu sve markice otisle u dim...stvarno tragedija :(

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    1. evo, baš pre neki dan sam dobila neku informaciju, da u filateliji su tad bili nekih 10% od ukupno markica...pa valjda i nije tako strašno...

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  10. I think it's really nice of you to be concerned not only about the stamps but also about the building and the philately-lady. They have closed both my philately shops here in Vienna and I was so sad to hear that the nice lady working in the shop was no longer employed by the postal service...

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    1. well, human lives always comes first, regardless what else has suffered in a tragedy...it is a pity that your lady is no longer employed :( from what i could understand, mine is still not working, but should be temporarily relocated to one post office...but no one is giving an exact date =/

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  11. Hi Ana, that is a lovely cover that you shared today. I bought a cover featuring Mozart as a souvenir when I visited Salzburg, but I don't think it is as nice as this one with the sheet music in the background. Salzburg truly is a beautiful city, I hope you get to see it sometime soon. Sorry to hear about the fire - and thank you for joining my blog as a follower. Cheers, Helen.

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    1. thanks for the nice words Helen! Always a pleasure to find other nice blogs and read them along with my morning coffee :)

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  12. Sorry to hear about the dreadful fire, what a tragedy. Also I didn't realise Mozart died quite so young.

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    1. yes, it is a pity Mozart died so young =/ as for the fire...well, they are having some unresolved insurance issues...so the whole thing is still on stand-by...I just hope to see the lady back at work soon in some of the other post-offices

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  13. Hi Ana, thanks for add my blog. I always read your blog. Once again a very beautifully written post. Congratulations! Beautiful this Mozart cover. I am sorry by Skopje's Main Post Office, Macedonia has beautiful stamps. It is very sad ... Besides the loss of cultural heritage people have disturbed their lives. Here in my city we also have a single place to find commemorative stamps, so I wonder how difficult it will be for collectors. If you wish to receive a letter from Brazil send me an email. Best wishes.

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