Anecdotes

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Mozart’s Musical Journey
12 June 1784: “Menzl is, and always will be, an ass”
When Mozart returned to Vienna in late November 1783, he entered into the busiest and most successful years of his life. He performed and conducted a substantial number of his own compositions, and in addition to public performances he was
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Film Music and Concertos – Eleven Eleven by Danny Elfman
Composer Danny Elfman is best known for his film music – having produced music for well over a hundred films, he’s the modern film composer best known to most. His collaboration with Tim Burton is his longest-standing one, including writing
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Mozart’s Musical Journey
2 June 1763: “The boy alone took up most of the concert”
Every year millions of visitors to the city of Salzburg eagerly make their way to Getreidegasse No. 9. Leopold Mozart and his family lived at that address for 17 years, and famously Wolfgang Amadeus and his sister Nannerl were born
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J.S. Bach and J.J. Bach: Departure and Farewell
We always think of J.S. Bach in terms of his own family – who he married, how many children he had, what those children did – but we rarely think of him in relation to the family in which he
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Mozart’s Musical Journey
25 May 1782: “Concert at the Augarten”
Mozart was incredibly successful in his appearances as a virtuoso at concerts in Vienna. Concerts were traditionally held during Lent, as all the theatres were closed. They were primarily held in private houses belonging to the aristocracy with invitations usually
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Mozart’s Musical Journey
19 May 1789: “Spanking on your little kissable arse”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart married Constanze Weber on 4 August 1782. Their courtship had not been smooth, as the couple briefly broke up in April 1782. Apparently, Constanze had permitted a young man to measure her calves in a parlor game,
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Mozart’s Musical Journey
12 May 1781: “Injustice and incessant abuse”
During Mozart’s time—and some would say it is still true today—Salzburg was a small provincial town. Mozart was working for the Archbishop Hieronymus von Colloredo as a musical servant, and he had nothing good to say about his hometown. “I
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Mozart’s Musical Journey
1 May 1778: “Paris is a real dump”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his mother arrived in Paris in April 1778. As he quickly reports to his father, he wasn’t particularly impressed by the city of lights. In fact, he considered Paris to be a real dump! He complains
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