Die Mozart Industrie
SR 1991
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Written and performed by Jon Rose
  • Actors - Irina Wanka (angel 1), Almut Henkel (angel 2), Susanne Walter-Freyler (singer), Jutta Hans, Michael Thomas
  • Technical production - Ulrich Speicher, Winfried Götzinger, Gisela Jahr
  • Direction for SR Stefan Dutt
  • Translation - Michel Bodmer
  • Produced for Saarländischer Rundfunk in 1991 who entered it for a radio competition in Japan. The report came back very critical of the piece "we expected something more serious from the Germans with a hörspiel about Mozart" they said.

(On this extract) Mozart dies, gets buried as you can hear, and logically enough ends up in Heaven where everything is perfect, instant gratification of all desires including his passion for billiards and bird catchers. There is a job description however (as pointed out by one of his angel assistants) - "Oh one thing. It's really the only professional requirement concerning your engagement here. As you are probably aware, we all play the violin in heaven - some of us double up on harp, but the violin is our main performance instrument. Indeed some angels do very little else with their time except scrape away with a sublime smile on their faces. And you can imagine how much violin music is required to keep the millions of heavenly creatures satisfied? Get my drift? That's where you come in - we need literally light years of perfect violin music. Like another suck on my tits? There you are."

And so the mediocre scum that controlled the arts in Mozart's day are still running things today as they dig up and sell old Wolfgang's 250th birthday for all its tacky worth

What's New

March 2023
'Beak' - Kronos Quartet plays the world premiere, a composition based on the song of a Pied Butcherbird by Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor.
Adelaide Festival
July 2022
'Fringe Benefits 1977​-​1985' - Historic glimpses of Improvised and Experimental Music in Australia; making available recordings from the original vinyl and cassette catalogue on Fringe Benefits.
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
November 2021 - Premiere
'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. Finally after many Covid-19 delays, the work is performed. Inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA, you can mix your own version here.
Brno, Czech Republic
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