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[Bologna] 24 March 1770
O you hard-working creature!
I`ve been idle for so long that I thought it would do me no harm if I briefly bestirred myself again. My food and drink taste much better on post-days, when letters arrive from Germany. Please write and tell me who`s singing in the oratorios. footnote1 Write, too, to tell me the titles of the oratorios. And write and let me know if you like Haydn`s minuets footnote2 and whether they`re better than the previous ones. I`m delighted to know that Herr von Aman is fully recovered: please tell him to take good care of himself: he should avoid any violent activity. Please tell him. But you can also tell him that I think of you as often as we played charades in Triebenbach and how he acted out Schrattenbach`s name by means of a bag of shot and by making a hissing sound. And tell him also that I often remember him saying the following words to me: Shall we split ourselves in two? and how I always replied: How horrible! I`ll shortly be sending you a minuet that Monsieur Pick danced at the theatre and which everybody danced afterwards at the feste di ballo in Milan, just so that you can see how slowly people dance here. The minuet itself is very beautiful. It`s from Vienna, of course, so it must have been written by Teller or Starzer. It has a lot of notes. Why? Because it`s a stage minuet that goes slowly. The minuets from Milan and Italian minuets generally have lots of notes, are taken slowly and have lots of bars: the first part, for example, has 16 bars, the second 20 or 24. In Parma we got to know a singer and also heard her perform very beautifully at her own house - the famous Bastardella, who has 1) a beautiful voice, 2) a fine larynx and 3) incredible high notes. She sang the following notes and passages in my presence:

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Eisen, Cliff et al. In Mozart's Words, Letter 168 <http://letters.mozartways.com>. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.
In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.