Mozart portrait by Joseph Lange‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, by Joseph Lange’ and Other Poetry Julian Woodruff The Society August 6, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Music, Poetry 3 Comments Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, by Joseph Lange (1783? / 1789?); as viewed by a Philistine Consider Lange’s well-known portrait Of his in-law, a composer: It’s good, we see, but it requires A scrutiny that’s closer. This fellow couldn’t get a job, Or keep one if he got it. Was he worth all Lange’s trouble? If he’d finished, who’d have bought it? Lange’s pallet and his brush We’re not especially big on. The subject’s hair’s the thing: we ask, “How did he keep a wig on?” Orlando di Lasso and musicians in chapel service at the court of Duke Albert V of Bavaria (detail), by Hans Mielich (after 1558; by 1570) A Flemish youngster, Lasso had A sterling set of vocal cords. Italian agents said, “Not bad!” And snatched him up to serve the lords At courts where music was a thing That kept the many dilettantes Enthralled, and caused them all to bring To town their uncles and their aunts So that they might show off to all That beauteous voice from Flanders land. But all too soon he had the gall, Knowing he was in great demand, To make for Munich, where he stayed And wrote motets, madrigals, too, Chansons and more. He had it made— As this fine painting gives a clue. Julian D. Woodruff was a teacher, orchestral musician, and librarian. He served for several years as librarian at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. He now resides in the area of Rochester, NY, where he writes poetry and fiction, much of it for children. His work has appeared in Frostfire Worlds and on the websites of Carmina, Parody Poetry, and Reedsy. His GPS poem placed tenth in the last riddle contest of The Society of Classical Poets. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Leo Zoutewelle August 6, 2020 Interesting concept, Julian, history through poetry and poetry through history! Thank you. Reply Julian Woodruff August 6, 2020 Thanks, Leo Any compliment from you I value highly. Reply Waldi Berceuse August 9, 2020 The topics, and attitudes of Mr. Woodruff’s poems are unique and remarkable. His poetic voice is of interest, because of its infectious, insouciant power. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.