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Boxing Day Cuckoo

boxing day, cuckoo song, leopold mozart, kindersinfonie, literary southern gothic suspense fiction, literary southern gothic suspense novel, literary suspense novel, literary suspense fictionIt haunts me all year. An instrumental extravaganza I’ve only heard on Radio Classique Montreal, strings and horns and a crazy cuckoo bird. Once, the blasted song came on while I was in the bathtub, and I almost ended up in the hospital. My zeal to get to the computer and divine the song left me sprawling on the floor, bedecked in glitter and suds and nothing else.

MTM enjoyed that particular Lush bath bomb.

But, when I found the song list, my beloved cuckoo song was absent. Skipped. Anonymous.

I beat against the keys with my sudsy claws, incensed. Why was the cuckoo song a mystery, only to be savored in one hotel room, a few days a year?

Life was unfair.

But, not this year. I found the story of my beloved Cuckoo Song.

Kindersinfonie was written by Leopold Mozart, though his authorship is disputed. Leopold plowed his talent first into his daughter Nannerl, a gifted pianist, and later into his son Wolfgang Amadeus.

Perhaps you have heard of him.

Leopold’s Kindersinfonie, whether he wrote it or not, is one of the things that means Christmas to me. It’s exuberant chords and grandiose string sections, coupled with the plaintive cuckoo, signal that I’ve arrived in my Happy Christmas Place.

And, my Happy Boxing Day Place.

Now, to get to those boxes……………..

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  1. And there I was hoping for a photo of the shimmering sudsy glittery Andra. guess that would have been to much to ask Sir MTM to have shared.

    So, what does Kenneth Andrews think of” boxing” day

    December 26, 2012
    • Just got a chance to listen to this. The cuckoo really is cheerful. And reminds me totally of you!

      December 26, 2012
    • Oh my. I forgot about Kenneth’s box block.

      December 26, 2012
  2. Joyous as always! And did you realize that those Mozarts had a very ribald sense of humor which you would have embraced? Nannerals’ letter’s to WA are hysterical and quite filled with scatological puns, jokes and as the Germans would say, more than “Ein Spaß.”

    December 26, 2012
    • I need to look those up. I saw the movie about her that came out a couple of years ago. I don’t know how much of it was based in fact, but it was good.

      December 26, 2012
  3. Sudsy lady, sounds like a plan for a greeting card theme.

    December 26, 2012
  4. What a joy this morning as I sit at my work computer lamenting having to go to work…and now? Bring on the cuckoos. :D

    December 26, 2012
  5. I think there may just be an instrument I can play, Andra. The cuckoo sound. What fun!

    December 26, 2012
  6. Music! What better way to celebrate anything

    December 26, 2012
  7. Lovely song!!! I can see why you fell in love with it. :D

    December 26, 2012
  8. This IS a lovely piece! I can see why it captured your imagination, and I’m guilty of nearly driving off the road while digging in my purse trying to write down clues to a music title I heard on the radio. It’s so satisfying when my research pays off! I hope your Boxing Day was happy and that you were able to stay warm! :-) oxo

    December 26, 2012
    • We saw an awesome impressionist exhibit, but we wandered around in the cold to get there and back. :)

      December 27, 2012

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