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Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Premiered Today in 1791
The majority of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (1756-1791) serious operas were composed for occasions connected to the Austrian ruling house of Habsburg. At the tender age of fourteen, Mozart composed Mitridate, re di Ponto for Milan, a city governed by the
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Presidential Music
Thomas Jefferson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and he later served as the 3rd president of the United States. However, he was not only a politician but also a planter, lawyer, and architect with wide-ranging
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Mozart and The Deluded Bridegroom
In a letter to his father, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made a reference to a seven-member Italian opera troupe visiting Vienna. That troupe arrived in the Austrian capital during Lent 1783, and first performed on 22 April 1783 in Antonio Salieri’s
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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail K. 384
Premiered Today in 1782
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 16 July 1782. The Austrian Emperor Joseph II was in the audience and famously said, “Too many notes my dear
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Mozart: Symphony in D major, KV 297 (Paris)
Premiered Today in 1778
In the spring of 1778, the 22-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart returned to the city of Paris. This time he was chaperoned by his mother—who would tragically fall ill and die—with father Leopold staying put in Salzburg to appease their
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Mozart and the Cairo Goose
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart scored a resounding triumph with The Abduction from the Seraglio in 1782. Impatient to write for the stage again he made two abortive attempts at opera buffa. Initially, Mozart requested a libretto from the Salzburg court chaplain
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Premiered Today in 1786
Empress Maria Theresa of Austria founded the “Burgtheater” in Vienna in 1741. In time, it became one of the most important German language theatres in the world, and it saw the premiere of three Mozart operas! On 1 May 1786,
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Mozart: A Tribute to Janet
Françaix: Quartet for English horn, violin, viola and cello II Andante Tranquillo From Mozart: A Tribute to Janet (2017) Released by Harmonia Mundi Françaix: Quartet for English horn, violin, viola and cello – II Andante TranquilloA Tribute to Janet. The
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