Saturday, March 2, 2013

Andorra: Mozart

The French/Spanish principality of Andorra, located in the Pyrenees mountain, issued this stamp (Scott 409) in 1991 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In addition to a line of music notation, there is a group of orchestral musicians (including a conductor who is playing a stringed instrument while leading the group. There is also a scene of a city (Vienna or Salzburg?), a row of keyboard keys, and a curious star pattern with what appear to be people walking toward it. Finally there is an anonymous row of organ pipes. This is curious in itself, because Amadeus Mozart is not known for playing the organ, though he may have; nor is he known for composing works for the instrument. The only works remotely connected to the organ are works for musical clock (with flute pipes) which have been arranged for standard pipe organ. It would be interesting to know what the stamp's designer had in mind with these various elements.

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