Anecdotes

 
Mozart Diaries 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 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 20th, 2019
 
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 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 18th, 2019
 
The Mozart Diaries 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 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 14th, 2019
 
The Mozart Diaries 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 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 5th, 2019
 
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

by Georg Predota | March 31st, 2019
 
The Mozart Diaries 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 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 29th, 2019
 
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 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 25th, 2019
 
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, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 25th, 2019