Writing to the music of Mozart in the Jungle

Mozart in the Jungle

I had just seen the pilot episode of Mozart in the Jungle, and became immediately fascinated. Classical music and New York aside, you want to sink deeper into the characters. Which is always a good sign.
Unfortunately, it has so much potential that it is sad that I must find so many faults with it.

Random Thoughts

•I did not know the oboe existed before I watched show, and I am thankful for the playlist I can read up on and listen to. Lisztomania is an eternal favourite!

•Where is Vivaldi? Why no Vivaldi?

•Loved the opening sequence for Rodrigo. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 has been used to usher in characters from the time of Stanley Kubrick’s The Clockwork Orange. (Malcolm McDowell’s Alex is Thomas Pembridge here.)

•Jacques Ibert’s piece, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto: New Discoveries, yay!
Also gotta check out Slings and Arrows, an older TV show on the field of Theatre.

•The musicians in sex joke is not new. I came up with a few of those back in school.

•How can the main ensemble not have an Asian American?

•All those complicated arrangements, like Sibelius, don’t they require more musicians and more rehearsing?

•They could have handled Rodrigo and Anna Maria better, maybe as a conflicting schism or something. (I loved her way messaging him, and her actually shooting the notes of her music onto a banner.) Two characters who could have been so much more…

•Rodrigo is continuously alluded to being eccentric, which tires the character out rather unfairly. Show, don’t tell.

•The episode,”You go to my head” is perhaps the best, with its breathing room and otherworldly charm. Roman Coppola directed the night of Hailey’s adventurous friendship(only to ruin it in the next episode.  Pfft) and her roommate’s rediscovery of herself and her singing.

•I am disappointed the show doesn’t use the opportunity to make more musical references left, right and centre. The clever one I caught in the passing was the old women fawning over the loss of Rodrigo’s hair. And he says he has a lock of hair for them somewhere. Classical Music composers often had to deal with such celebrity stardom. For example, Franz Liszt, who inspired the Lisztomania.

•Hallucinatory Mozart with British accent?  What’s up with that? Mozart was German!

•There sort of impromptu unsanctioned performance/rehearsal in the empty plot was beautiful. So was the montage of Mysterious Rodrigo chilling with random musical amigos. And dancing to his limo driver’s sister and friends in the Mexican diner.
Oh well, onto Season Two.

-JRK

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