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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 244</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">244. <name type="person" id="1359" ref="3751">LEOPOLD MOZART</name> TO HIS <name type="person" id="1360" ref="3753">WIFE</name> IN <name type="place" id="1361" ref="47">SALZBURG</name></hi></div><div type="date-and-place"><lb/><name type="place" id="1362" ref="89">Milan</name>, 7 Sept. <hi rend="underline">1771</hi></div>Heaven has finally refreshed us with a little rain during the last day or so. I`ve received your few lines; it was most efficient of you to write so little on the first side and nothing at all on the second, as so many 1000s of characters could make a letter so heavy that 6 horses would be needed to transport it to <name type="place" id="1364" ref="89">Milan</name>. Heavens! What needless expenditure! Blank pages are always cheaper to transport than ones that have been written on. I`ll reply to my brother <ref type="footnote" id="fn0" n="1"></ref> directly in <name type="place" id="1366" ref="127">Augspurg</name>. I shan`t get involved in their worthless dealings. We now have other things to think about as the <name type="work" id="4118" ref="42">libretto</name> was late arriving and until 2 days ago was still with the <name type="person" id="1367" ref="4208">poet</name> so that odd changes could be made. I hope it`ll turn out well: but Wolfg. now has his hands full as he also has to write the ballet that links together the two acts or parts . <ref type="footnote" id="fn1" n="2"></ref> I wasn`t especially surprised to hear that <name type="person" id="1368" ref="3980">Archd Maximilian</name> has become a canon: ever since I got back from Italy I`d been telling everyone in <name type="place" id="4119" ref="47">Salzb.</name> that it would happen. The rest will follow: just be patient! I`m sorry that I can`t tell you everything. <name type="place" id="1370" ref="47">Salzburg</name> isn`t the only object of this initial step! - - - - - <ref type="footnote" id="fn2" n="3"></ref> I hope you`re both keeping well, and I have no doubt that <name type="person" id="1371" ref="3752">Nannerl</name> will continue to take her herb soup now that she`s discovered that it`s good for her. If Secretary <name type="person" id="1372" ref="4074">Troger</name> is still in <name type="place" id="4120" ref="47">Salzb.</name>, you should give him a couple of boxes of Hans <name type="person" id="1374" ref="4204">Spielmann</name>`s famous pills, <ref type="footnote" id="fn3" n="4"></ref> but if, as I assume, he`s already left, then you should make enquiries in the inns and at the post, as there will undoubtedly be others travelling through <name type="place" id="4121" ref="47">Salzb.</name> to <name type="place" id="1376" ref="89">Milan</name>: and anyone will take them with them, it`s enough for you to address it: c/o Hs Ex <name type="person" id="1377" ref="1836">Count Firmian</name> or <hi rend="underline">al Illmo: Sgr: Padre: Colldssmo: il Sgr: Leopoldo <name type="person" id="1378" ref="4074">Troger</name> Secretario Reggio nello Stato Stato della Lombardia à <name type="place" id="1379" ref="89">Milano</name></hi> in Casa di S: Ecc: Il Sgr. <name type="person" id="1380" ref="1836">Conte di Firmian</name>.<lb/><lb/>I need these pills as I know that they`re effective whenever I suffer from dizziness as a result of constipation. I`ve had it quite a lot since leaving <name type="place" id="4122" ref="47">Salzb</name>., though not so badly that I`ve vomited or been obliged to remain in bed. I`ve now been taking the pills for 3 days and can feel that my head is clearer. But unfortunately I`ve only 8 left. We kiss you many 1000000 times, and I am your old<lb/> LMozart.<lb/><name type="person" id="1382" ref="3752">Nannerl</name> hasn`t written, and so Wolfg. isn`t writing either. Best wishes from us both to all our good friends. Have you received my <hi rend="underline">salary for the month of August?</hi> -</div><div type="footnotes"><div type="footnotetext" id="fn0"> It is not certain which of Leopold’s brothers is referred to here. In letter 242 Leopold mentions <name type="person" id="004214" ref="000000">Franz Alois</name> and the shipment of copies of his <name type="work-other" id="000003" ref="000000">Versuch einer gründliche Violinschule</name> to <name type="place" id="000229" ref="000000">Nürnberg</name>; but there would not have been sufficient time between that letter and this one for <name type="person" id="003753" ref="000000">Anna Maria Mozart</name> to have contacted <name type="person" id="004214" ref="000000">Franz Alois</name>, heard back from him, and communicated any message he might have had for Leopold. Accordingly the reference here is unrelated to letter 242 although ‘my brother’ may nevertheless refer to <name type="person" id="004214" ref="000000">Franz Alois</name>. Also see letters 221 and 230</div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn1"> Except for a single non-autograph bass part bound with the autograph score, Mozart`s ballets are lost although parts may survive in KAnh. C27.06. See Plath, `Der Ballo des `Ascanio` und die Klavierstücke KV Anh. 207`</div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn2"> Leopold’s reference is obscure although according to Bauer-Deutsch, v.304, it refers to his attempt to secure positions at the court of <name type="person" id="001758" ref="000000">Archduke Ferdinand</name></div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn3"> Possibly a reference to Jacob Reinbold Spielmann (1722-1783), a medical doctor, chemist and apothecary in Strabourg who is said to have been one of Goethe’s teachers. Spielmann’s pharmaceutical writings include <i>Pharmacopeoea Generalis</i> (Strassbourg, 1783) which does not, however, mention pills. See Grasse, <i>Zu Leben und Werk von Jakob Reinbold Spielmann (1722-1783)</i> and letter 246</div></div></body></text></TEI.2>
In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.