Ever play Six Degrees of Separation? Yesterday NPR’s classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, did a post linking Mozart to Neil Sedaka. Briefly, it begins with Mozart, whose youngest son Franz Xaver taught somebody who taught somebody who taught Rosina Lhévinne who taught…Neil Sedaka (and a lot of other people). It’s completely pointless but kind of an interesting and unexpected connection.
OK, I can play too. I can link myself to two of my favorite composers, Brahms and Mahler.
It starts with me, then works backwards in time. One of my composition teachers at Oberlin was Richard Hoffman. In the 1950s, he was an assistant to Arnold Schoenberg, who had been a student of Alexander Zemlinsky, who had received encouragement from both Brahms and Mahler.
Now if only I could figure out a way to link myself to my other favorite composer, Bach. That would take some research, but might be an educational project for the future.