Anecdotes

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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
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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
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Berg: Altenberg Lieder
Premiered Today in 1913
Date: 31 March 1913Venue: Great Hall of the Vienna Concert SocietyPurpose: Concert of Modern MusicOutcome: Riot, Fistfights and Lawsuits
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Mozart’s Musical Journey
29 March 1783: Piano Concerto in C major No. 13, K. 415
As always, Mozart provides his father Leopold with a detailed report of his concert activities at the Vienna Augarten. He writes on 29 March 1783: “I need not tell you much about the success of my concert, for no doubt
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The Nancy Storace Project
We all have heard stories of how much Salieri and Mozart hated each other. Well, they really didn’t! Clearly they were competitors in the high-pressure, high-reward musical environment of Vienna with Salieri holding all the important government positions, but there
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Dvořák: Symphony No. 6
Premiered Today in 1881
Antonin Dvořák composed his Sixth Symphony explicitly for the Vienna Philharmonic and its chief conductor Hans Richter in a matter of months. After a number of postponements, the work finally premiered with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on March 25, 1881,
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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
Premiered Today in 1886
The premiere performance of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony on 23 March 1886 immediately brought forth strong opinions on both sides of the critical divide. Somewhat surprisingly, the fierce and feared critic César Cui liked the work, and favorably commented on the
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Tcherepnin: Symphony No. 2
Premiered Today in 1952
Commissioned by the Associated Music Publishers in New York, Alexander Tcherepnin premiered his second symphony in Chicago on 20 March 1952. It took Tcherepnin a long while to finish the composition, as he labored on the orchestration for the better
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