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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><TEI.2><teiHeader><fileDesc> <titleStmt><title>In Mozart's Words (The letters from Italy): Letter 228</title> <respStmt> <resp>Annotations: Cliff Eisen, King's College, London</resp> <resp>XML-tagging of citations in the text: Claudia Pignato e Patrizia Rebulla, Castaliamusic</resp> <resp>Conversion to TEI XML: Michael Pidd, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield</resp> <resp>Full credits available at: http://letters.mozartways.com</resp> </respStmt> </titleStmt> <publicationStmt> <publisher>Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield</publisher> <pubPlace>Sheffield, United Kingdom</pubPlace> <date>2011</date> <availability><p>This transcription can be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes on condition that it is accompanied by this header information identifying its origin and authors. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or for commercial uses. Please go to https://www.dhi.ac.uk for more information.</p></availability> </publicationStmt> </fileDesc> <encodingDesc> <projectDesc> <p>Funder: EU Culture Programme (2007-2013)</p> <p>Project Team: Maria Majno (Europaische Mozart Way Ee.V); Cliff Eisen (King's College London - Dept of Music); Patrizia Rebulla (Comune di Milano - Settore Cultura) Stadt Augsburg - Kulturburo; HRI Digital, Humanities Research Institute (Univ. of Sheffield)</p> <p>Annotations: Cliff Eisen, King's College, London</p> <p>XML-tagging of citations in the text: Claudia Pignato e Patrizia Rebulla, Castaliamusic</p> <p>Conversion to TEI XML: Michael Pidd, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield</p> <p>Full project credits available at: http://letters.mozartways.com</p> </projectDesc> </encodingDesc> <profileDesc> <langUsage id="eng"> <language>eng</language> </langUsage> </profileDesc></teiHeader><text><body><div type="letter"><div type="header"><hi rend="bold">228. <name type="person" id="882" ref="3751">LEOPOLD MOZART</name> TO HIS <name type="person" id="883" ref="3753">WIFE</name> IN <name type="place" id="884" ref="47">SALZBURG</name></hi></div><div type="date-and-place"><lb/> <name type="place" id="885" ref="89">Milan</name> 12 January <hi rend="underline">1771</hi></div>We shan`t be leaving for <name type="place" id="886" ref="96">Turin</name> until next Monday. I have to tell you that yesterday I heard from Sgr Pietro <name type="person" id="887" ref="3793">Luggiati</name>, who informs me that our son has been elected a member of the <name type="place" id="888" ref="252">Accademia Filarmonica</name> of <name type="place" id="889" ref="75">Verona</name> and that the <name type="person" id="3960" ref="4190">Cancelliere dell`Accademia</name> is in the process of preparing the diploma . <ref type="footnote" id="fn0" n="1"></ref> Thank God, the <name type="work" id="890" ref="385">opera</name> has been attracting such audiences that the theatre is full every day. I`m writing again to remind you to buy some linen for shirts as I`m having the arms lengthened so that we can at least manage with his small shirts until we get home. H <name type="person" id="891" ref="4189">Wider</name> has written to me from <name type="place" id="892" ref="133">Venice</name>, and I`ve already replied. Hs Ex Co <name type="person" id="893" ref="1836">Firmian</name> has left for <name type="place" id="894" ref="97">Parma</name>, and since H <name type="person" id="895" ref="4074">Troger</name> is with him and we`re now going to <name type="place" id="896" ref="96">Turin</name>, there`ll probably be some delay before we receive your letters. We kiss you many 100000 times, I`ve nothing to report but much to do as I have to write to half the world. I am your old<lb/> Mozart<lb/><lb/><name type="person" id="897" ref="4038">MOZART</name>`S POSTSCRIPT TO HIS <name type="person" id="898" ref="3752">SISTER</name><lb/><lb/>Dearest Sister,<lb/>I`ve not written for a while because I was busy with the <name type="work" id="900" ref="385">opera</name>, but I now have some time, and so I`ll pay greater heed to my responsibilities. People like the <name type="work" id="901" ref="385">opera</name>, all praise and thanks be to God, and the theatre is full every evening, much to everyone`s surprise, as many people had said that they`ve never seen such crowds at a first opera in <name type="place" id="902" ref="89">Milan</name> as there are on this occasion. Papa and I are in good health, all praise and thanks be to God, and I hope that at Easter I`ll be able to tell you and <name type="person" id="903" ref="3753">Mama</name> everything in person. Addio. Kiss <name type="person" id="904" ref="3753">Mama</name>`s hands for me. By the way, the copyist called on us yesterday and said that he`d just been asked to copy out my <name type="work" id="905" ref="385">opera</name> for the court in <name type="place" id="3961" ref="251">Lisbon</name>. <ref type="footnote" id="fn1" n="2"></ref> Meanwhile, farewell, my dear <name type="person" id="906" ref="3752">Mademoiselle Sister</name>. I have the honour to be and to remain from now to all eternity<lb/> Your faithful brother</div><div type="footnotes"><div type="footnotetext" id="fn0"> Mozart`s diploma is dated 5 January. The document representing his nomination to the Accademia filarmonica of Verona survives in the library of the Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg:<lb/><p type="indented"> The 5th day of the month of January 1771, Convocation of the Hon. Philharmonic Academy of Verona, in the usual Place, in the presence of the Worshipful Members.<lb/> The Noble Count Murari Brà, Governor, stated that it was an ancient principle of this Academy to promote the honour of virtuosi in order that their distinguished Qualities might lend ever greater lustre and dignity to the said Academy; wherefore, note having been taken of the remarkable gifts possessed by the wonderful youth Sig. Amadeo Wolfgango Mozart of Salzburg, Concert Master to His Rev. Highness the Archbishop and Prince of Salzburg, Knight of the Golden Spur, decorated by the Reigning Supreme Pontiff, who deigned to hear him and to applaud the merits of this Youth. He may truly pride himself as one of the most admirable prodigies in the profession of Music, which this city of Verona can also affirm, in that during the few days he spent here he gave, on several occasions, such proofs of his skill at playing the most difficult things at sight on the harpsichord with great readiness and elegance ; setting on the spot certain poetical passages that were shown him to very fine concerted music for several instruments, to the amazement of those most versed in the said Art. Apart from which this our Academy can also offer the most truly sincere acknowledgments of the incomparable merit of this Youth, who in January of last year in the Hall of the Academy, in the presence of Ladies, Gentlemen and Public Representatives, miraculously overcame the greatest Musical Tests with complete mastery and to the astonishment of all this Noble Gathering. And this in addition to the multitudinous notices received from many parts of Italy, where this expert person has performed to the Principal Professors and lovers of Music, earning praise and applause from all: in short, his fair Talent promises ever further outstanding progress, apt to strike all those destined to hear him in future; since at so early an age his keen-witted Genius has succeeded, and will in the sequel succeed, in reaching such a degree of knowledge as, in its progress, shall surpass those who most excel in Music.<lb/> It would therefore be to the great advantage of our Academy, which has always and everywhere had the most signal and distinctive reputation in Music, Poetry and Belles-Lettres, that this famous Youth should be enrolled as Maestro di Capela by the aforesaid Philharmonic Academy; in the hope that this token of esteem will be accepted by him.<lb/> This worthy proposal having been submitted to the Academy and discussed with learned eloquence, it was unanimously acclaimed by the Academicians, and the Young Virtuoso Sig. Amadeo Wolfgango Mozart was consequently enrolled as Maestro di Capela of the Honble Philharmonic Academy of Verona.<lb/> The Philharmonic Academicians<lb/> Dr. Antonio Tommasi, Secy<lb/></p> <ref type="background" idref="228-1"/> <ref type="background" idref="228-2"/> Deutsch, <hi rend="italic">Mozart. A Documentary Biography</hi>, 131-2</div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn1"> Presumably identical to the copy now housed at the Biblioteca de Ajuda, Lisbon, shelfmark 45/III/22</div></div></body></text></TEI.2>
In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.