Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore or Verbano is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the largest in southern Switzerland; the lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. Located halfway between Lake Orta and Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometres between Locarno and Arona; the climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with many gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Borromean and Brissago Islands, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, the Alpinia Botanical Garden above Stresa. Lake Maggiore is 64.37 km long, 3 to 5 km wide, except at the bay opening westward between Pallanza and Stresa, where it is 10 km wide. It is the longest Italian lake, its mean height above the sea level is 193 metres. Its form is sinuous so that there are few points from which any considerable part of its surface can be seen at a single glance. If this lessens the effect of the apparent size, it increases the variety of its scenery.

While the upper end is alpine in character, the middle region lies between hills of gentler form, the lower end advances to the verge of the plain of Lombardy. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great southern prealpine lakes, the others being Lake Como and Lake Garda; the lake basin has tectonic-glacial origins and its volume is 37 cubic kilometres. The lake has a surface area of about 213 square kilometres, a maximum length of 54 km and, at its widest, is 12 km, its main tributaries are the Maggia, the Toce and the Tresa. The rivers Verzasca and Cannobino flow into the lake, its outlet is the Ticino. The lake’s jagged banks are surrounded by the Pennine and Lepontine Alps, Lugano Prealps. Prominent peaks around the lake are Monte Tamaro, Monte Nudo and the Mottarone; the highest mountain overlooking Lake Maggiore is Monte Rosa, located about 50 kilometres west of it. The western bank is in Piedmont and the eastern in Lombardy, whereas the most northerly section extends 13 kilometres into the canton of Ticino, where it constitutes its lowest point above sea level as well as that of Switzerland.

The culminating point of the lake's drainage basin is the Grenzgipfel summit of Monte Rosa at 4,618 metres above sea level. Lake Maggiore weather is humid subtropical. During winter, the lake helps to maintain a higher temperature in the surrounding region; the temperatures are cooled down in summer by the breezes that blow on the water's surface changing its colour. The area enjoys nearly 2300 hours of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature of 15.5 °C. The water of the lake has a comfortable temperature of 20 °C to 22 °C in August. In winter snowfall is erratic and affects the higher elevations. Rainfall is lowest during the winter months. Borromean Islands Isola Bella Isola Madre Isola dei Pescatori Isolino di San Giovanni Scoglio della Malghera Brissago Islands San Pancrazio Isolino Castelli di Cannero Isolino Partegora The Sacred Mountain of Ghiffa is a Roman Catholic devotional complex in the comune of Ghiffa, overlooking the Lake Maggiore, it is one of the nine Sacri Monti of Lombardy, included in UNESCO World Heritage list.

The Spirit of Woodstock Festival is an annual open air festival at the end of July/beginning of August. It is organized in Armeno by the Mirapuri community; the first archaeological findings around the lake belong to nomadic people living in the area in prehistoric types. The first settlements discovered date from the Copper Age; the area was under the control of the Ligures replaced by the Celts. The latter was in turn conquered by the Romans. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the lake was under different dominations. Most of the current settlements originated in the Middle Ages when the lake was under the Della Torre, the Borromeo and Habsburg families. Methane was first discovered and isolated by Alessandro Volta as he analysed marsh gas from Lake Maggiore, between 1776 and 1778. In 1936, a Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster, built 1925, was sunk in the lake by employees of Zürich architect Marco Schmucklerski, when Swiss customs officials investigated whether he had paid taxes on the car.

The Bugatti was attached to an iron chain making it possible to recover it once the investigation was over, yet that never happened. When the chain corroded, the car sunk to the lake bed, where it was rediscovered on 18 August 1967 by local diver Ugo Pillon and became

Milanese Quartets (Mozart)

The six string quartets, K. 155–160, were composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in late 1772 and early 1773 when Mozart was sixteen and seventeen years of age. Because they were composed in Milan while he was working on his opera Lucio Silla, they are popularly known as the Milanese Quartets. Before this set was composed, Mozart had written one earlier string quartet, so these six quartets are ordinally numbered from No. 2 to No. 7. The quartets are written in a plan of keys of D-G-C-F-B♭-E♭ following the circle of fifths. All six quartets have only three movements. Four of the quartets have middle movements in the minor mode, one of which is, not a slow movement, but a fiery sonata-allegro; the finales are lightweight minuets or rondos. The sixth edition of the Köchel catalogue, published in 1964, amended the catalogue numbers of the first two quartets to K. 134a and 134b and the last quartet to K. 159a. Written in the autumn of 1772 in Bolzano. Allegro Andante Molto allegro Written at the end of 1772 in Milan.

Presto Adagio Tempo di minuetto Written at the end of 1772 in Milan and premiered in early 1773. Allegro Andante Presto premiered in early 1773 in Milan. Allegro Andante premiered in early 1773 in Milan. Andante Allegro Rondo premiered in early 1773 in Milan; the second movement is remarkable for its non-tonic opening. Allegro Un poco adagio Presto Quartett in D KV 155: Score and critical report in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Quartett in G KV 156: Score and critical report in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Quartett in C KV 157: Score and critical report in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Quartett in F KV 158: Score and critical report in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Quartett in B KV 159: Score and critical report in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Quartett in Es KV 160: Score and critical report in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe String Quartet No. 2: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project String Quartet No. 3: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project String Quartet No. 4: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project String Quartet No. 5: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project String Quartet No. 6: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project String Quartet No. 7: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project


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