Joachim Perinet refers to “Mozarts Fortepiano,” and 6 other new documents

We have just added 7 new documents to our site:

Mozart’s academy in the Burgtheater (addendum)

A different and earlier version of a known report in Cramer’s Magazin der Musik regarding Mozart’s concert of 23 Mar 1783. Cramer’s report (transcribed in Dokumente, 190–91) was published under the date 9 May 1783; this newly uncovered version in the Münchner Zeitung appeared in the issue of 14 Apr 1783.

Mozart listed among composers of keyboard concertos for sale

A previously overlooked advertisement in the Wiener Zeitung offering keyboard concertos by Mozart, along with music by a variety of other composers, and minerals, exotic shells, starfish, and beetles. The advertisement is anonymous (it gives only an address), but our commentary makes the case that the advertiser was music copyist Johann Traeg.

Le nozze di Figaro at Laxenburg

A report in the Wiener Zeitung on the operas and plays performed at the imperial summer palace in Laxenburg in late May and early June 1786, including Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. First published by Dorothea Link in 1998.

Joachim Perinet and 'Mozarts Fortepiano'

A reference to “Mozarts Fortepiano” in a satirical vignette by Joachim Perinet describing Naglergasse in Vienna, a narrow street plagued by the noise of coppersmiths. The commentary explains in detail Perinet’s topical references; it also includes a biography of Perinet, an important writer in the Viennese comic tradition, based in part on newly discovered documents, one of which potentially sheds new light on the early biography of Joseph Sonnleithner.

Lausch advertises “Nun liebes Schätzchen” from Der Stein der Weisen

Viennese copyist Lorenz Lausch advertises two numbers from the collaborative singspiel Der Stein der Weisen, including the duet “Nun liebes Schätzchen” (more commonly known as “Nun liebes Weibchen”), K. 592a (K. 625).

A benefit concert in Vienna for Constanze Mozart

A notice of Mozart’s death, referring to him as “Polihimnia’s Liebling” (“Polyhymnia’s favorite”). The notice was probably written by Ludwig Schubart who continued the journal after the death of its founder, his father Christian Daniel Friedrich Schubart, on 10 Oct 1791. Our commentary also includes a transcription of a second reference to Mozart in the Chronik on 13 Mar 1792, in a list of distinguished intellectuals, writers, and artists who died in 1791.

References to Mozart’s music in a harmony treatise

Several references to Mozart in Johann Christian Bertram Kessel’s Unterricht im Generalbasse zum Gebrauche für Lehrer und Lernende (1791). Kessel includes three substantial musical examples from Mozart’s works: K. 331/i (the entire theme), K. 179 (all of Variation II), and K. 284/iii (all of Variation IX). This is one of the earliest known uses of Mozart’s music for examples in a book on music theory.

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