If It’s Good Enough for Mozart

I’m not comparing myself to Mozart, but I do have something in common with this prodigious prodigy: I recycle. Yes, we both usually pull things out of the air*, he with his symphonies and sonatas, and I with my sweaters and scarves, but we’re both helped along at times by recycling good pieces.

The radio hosts on the classical music station I listed to all day love to point out any time Mozart re-uses some prelude from such-and-such opera in the concerto in D minor we’re about to listen to, or if he rewrote a piece he did for oboe in B plus to this upcoming one for harpsichord in A minus, or whatever.

They report it like Mozart tried to pull a fast one, but come on, it’s not like he recycled Chopsticks. It’s just good stuff that he wanted to use again. And it’s not like he could hide what he did. Mozart composed for money, so everything he wrote was for public performance. Anyone with auricles could hear his recycled stuff. And they probably thought it was genius.

He also usually recycled when he was under a tremendous deadline, like writing an entire opera in 48 hours, or whatever.

I, too, compose for money, but I recycle because I’m lazy.

Speaking of auricles, let’s take look at my beanie of the same name as an example, and because it’s the reason I’m writing this blog post in the first place. This is the third time I’ve used this swirly garter rib pattern in a design.

The first was in my very first published pattern in 2009.

The second was my fourth design published in 2012.

Raspberry Swirl Pullover

And now my Auricle Beanie published a few days ago.

Here they are side-by-side-by-side.

I wasn’t in a hurry to design this hat, but recycling did hurry things along. Only about 24 hours from concept to publication. Half the time it takes Mozart to compose an opera.

*If only.

To Ponder: Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
|-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-|


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