Mozart & Starling by Raphael Balme (See the story below)
Limited Edition Print (taken from an original oil painting)
Signed and stamped on reverse.
Paper: 310gsm, archival quality, acid-free, aquarelle rag.
Print size: 59.5 cm x 42 cm (16.5 x 23.5")
Black with mount - framed size: 72 cm x 54 cm
Ash with mount - framed size: 72 cm x 54 cm
Deep wood - framed size: 71 cm x 53 cm
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The Shop Floor Project has commissioned British artist Raphael Balme to create a series of oil paintings which celebrate historical figures with their exotic pets and, in the case of Virginia Woolf, their alter egos.
Expertly reproduced by our printers who are members of the Fine Art Trade Guild, the collection includes; Frida Kahlo & Fawn, King John & Polar bear, Empress Josephine & Orangutan plus Mozart & Starling among others...
On 27 May 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart bought a starling bird at a Viennese pet shop.
Normally historians and musicologists don’t pay much attention to composers’ pets, but this starling wasn’t your average pet. Because when Mozart recorded the thirty-four kreutzer expense in his diary, he also transcribed a melody purportedly sung by his new bird. He included two versions: one that the bird sang (which included an out-of-place G-sharp), and another that was “cleaned up” for insertion into a piece of concert music.