Anecdotes

568 Posts
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,
Read more
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
Read more
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
Read more
Mozart’s Musical Journey
28 April 1781: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373
Mozart indignantly writes to his father from Vienna: “You are looking forward to seeing me again, my dearest father! That alone can persuade me to leave Vienna…We had a grand concert here yesterday—probably the last. It was a great success,
Read more
Mozart’s Musical Journey
20 April 1782: Fantasy and Fugue, K. 394
Mozart writes to his sister in April 1782: “My darling Constanze has at last summoned up courage to follow the impulse of her kind heart, and to write to you. If you are so good, dear sister, as to answer
Read more
Padmâvatî: The Legendary Queen of Chittor
During his honeymoon journey to India, Albert Roussel visited the ruined city of Chittor in Rajputana, currently located in Rajasthan. That city had a very colorful and long history, and once he returned home to Paris he approached his friend
Read more
Mozart’s Musical Journey
14 April 1770: Contredance in B-flat major, K. 123
Leopold Mozart writes to his wife from Rome, “We arrive here safely on the 11th at noon. I could have been more easily persuaded to return to Salzburg than to proceed to Rome, for we had to travel for five
Read more
Mozart’s Musical Journey
5 April 1778: Sinfonia Concertante, K. 297b
Wolfgang writes to his father from Paris on 5 April 1778. “I MUST now explain more, clearly what mamma alludes to, as she has written rather obscurely. Capellmeister Holzbauer has sent a “Miserere” here, but as the choruses at Mannheim
Read more