This is an excerpt from my tribute to Mozart on his birthday. The shortest but close to this category.
Recently, a friend's question took me by surprise. "What's your favorite Mozart music?"
She knows how I feel about Mozart, the only composer I consider "immortal." In fact, I've loved the master's music from childhood even before I knew anything more about his life.
I looked at my friend, speechless. She repeated her question, while my thoughts maneuvered some answers.
"Hmm, not an easy question," I said, "I simply love his music."
"Surely you have a favorite," my friend replied, this time more persistent.
"Well," I said, "I love his Clarinet Concerto, Flute and Harp Concerto, and Quintet for clarinet and strings. Of course, I also love his quartets."
My friend stayed silent for a while before asking me about piano concertos.
"Piano concertos? I love them all. Ok, ok. Iíll name one. Piano Concerto No.21. You'll probably know this by 'Elvira Madigan', popularized by the movie of the same title. Thatís actually the Andante movement of the concerto."
"Oh yeah? So it's Mozart's, huh?" my friend mused and added, "there was a time when I was crazy about that music after seeing the film, I even wanted it played in my elegy."
"Then I also love the symphonies. There are Nos. 40 and 41 simply called Jupiter. Oh, you can also include No. 39."
I was now unstoppable; noticed my friend turned very quiet, intently looking at me with my passionate enumeration of Mozart's music, one after the other.
"Oh, can I also add his violin concertos and sonatas? Yes, and his Requiem. By the way, it's not fair if I don't include my favorite operas, ok?"
"I'm sure you'll include Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro," my friend once again interjected.
"They're all fantastic but my top choice for opera is actually The Magic Flute."
My friend didn't push the issue anymore.
Made me wonder if I satisfied her very first question.