The Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major, K. 361/370a, is a serenade by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart scored for thirteen instruments (twelve winds and string bass). The piece was likely composed in 1781 or 1782 and is often known by the subtitle “Gran Partita”, though the title is a misspelling and not in Mozart’s hand . It consists of seven movements.
I. Largo. Molto Allegro
IV. Menuetto. Allegretto
V. Romance. Adagio
VI. Tema con variazioni
VII. Finale. Molto Allegro
In the 1984 film Amadeus, Antonio Salieri’s first encounter with Mozart is at a performance of this work. Salieri has not been impressed with Mozart’s boorish behavior before the performance, but as he looks at the music on the page, he describes the beauty and delight of the solo oboe’s entry soon thereafter followed by the clarinet’s line (in the third movement), leading him to say, “This was no composition by a performing monkey. This was a music I’d never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.”
"Slave to Love" is the first single released from former Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry's 1985 album, Boys and Girls, The single was released on 28 April 1985 and spent 10 weeks in the UK charts in 1985 and peaked at number 9. It was featured on the movie Nine 1/2 Weeks where the entire song was played in one of the scenes.
This is an achingly beautiful ballad. The music has a Latin flair, a melancholy — if not downright sad — melody against a lazy, swaying samba beat. Ferry’s unique flutter of a voice is reminiscent of old-time jazz-age singers and post-war tenors. The song clearly has a 1980s aura to it, yet “Slave to Love” was not a slave to the gimmicks of the era, sounding more timeless and classic than other radio hits from the mid-’80s. The dark tone of the song reflects the inner struggle that the narrator feels, helpless and bound to passion for a woman he fears he is losing:
"You’re running with me/Don’t touch the ground/
We’re the restless hearted/Not the chained and bound/
The sky is burning/A sea of flame/
Though your world is changing/I will be the same¨.
" It’s a heartbreaking lyric that Ferry caresses with an intimate delivery.
"Don’t You Want Me" is a single by British synthpop group The Human League, released from their third album ¨Dare¨ on 27 November 1981. It is the band’s best known and most commercially successful recording to date, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and was the Christmas number one in the UK where it sold over 1,400,000 copies, making it the 25th most successful single in UK Singles Chart history. It is claimed to be the first song ever to reach the number 1 position on the Billboard without using electric guitars.
“Rapture" is a single by the American new wave band Blondie. It was released in January 1981 and became one of the first substantial hit singles to involve rap music, and the first rap-influenced single to reach number one on the US Billboard Chart.
Debuting in 1981, the music video was the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV. Set in the Upper East Side, the “Man from Mars” or “voodoo god” (dancer William Barnes in the white suit and top hat) is the introductory and central figure. Barnes also choreographed the piece. The final shot is a one-take scene of Debbie Harry dancing along the street, passing by graffiti artists, Uncle Sam, a Native American and a goat.