For some strange reason, my most vivid college memories almost always involve music — a fact that ceased to surprise me long ago, but one that I still find curious. And which my professors would probably find depressing. C’est la vie…
A corollary to my peculiarly melodic style of recollection is that my roommate’s musical tastes had a tremendous impact on my college days. Case in point, my long-standing fascination with the Commendatore’s dramatic confrontation scene from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” We used to listen to that every couple of weeks — mostly at night, when it was particularly creepifying — and it made a profound impression on me, opera-Philistine though I was (and remain). It’s been seared into my memory ever since, even though it was years before I really understood what was going on in the scene. Or what the words meant.
Watching that wonderful clip, I realize that listening to the musical banter is actually a markedly different experience than watching it. The voices blur together in a really interesting way when one is only listening, and that’s a difficult effect to duplicate visually. Great, great stuff. And just in case you’re not sold yet, YouTube is awash with versions: here, here, here, here, and here. Just to give you a taste.)
UPDATE: Over on Facebook, Word on Fire’s Father Steve Grunow made a cinematic reference that sparked something in my memory, and I realized I’d neglected to post a frighteningly obvious Commendatore reference from Sherlock Holmes Duex: Something With Shadows or Something. What a missed opportunity. (For me. And for Ritchie.)