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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 218</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">218. <name type="person" id="656" ref="3751">LEOPOLD MOZART</name> TO HIS <name type="person" id="658" ref="3753">WIFE</name> IN <name type="place" id="660" ref="47">SALZBURG</name></hi></div><div type="date-and-place"><lb/> <name type="place" id="661" ref="89">Milan</name> 10 Nov. 1770</div>The miscellany <ref type="footnote" id="fn0" n="1"></ref> from our good friends has arrived safely, and we`re very pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourselves in <name type="place" id="2931" ref="134">Triebenbach</name>. Do give our very best wishes to Frau von <name type="person" id="664" ref="4162">Schiedenhofen</name> and her worthy <name type="person" id="665" ref="4081">son</name> and thank them once again, just as the two of us thank all our friends in optima forma and send them our sincere good wishes for the entertainment that they`ve given us with the letters they`ve sent us and for the poetry that far surpasses that of all German poets. We wish Herr <name type="person" id="666" ref="4049">Spizeder</name> every happiness <ref type="footnote" id="fn1" n="2"></ref> but no parlour full of children as it`s now getting more and more expensive in <name type="place" id="667" ref="47">Salzb.</name> What`s his new <name type="person" id="668" ref="1620">wife</name> called? - - Do I know her? - - I think I do! I`m only afraid that he`ll have worn himself out dancing at his wedding and got over-excited! If our good friends add the occasional joke to your letters, they`ll be doing us a favour as Wolfg. is now working on something serious and as a result has become very serious in turn; I`m glad if he occasionally gets his hands on something amusing. Please ask my friends to forgive me for not writing to them, but I`m now less in the mood to do so than ever, and in time you`ll be surprised to discover the kind of storm we`ve had to weather, something that requires presence of mind and constant thought. We`ve won the first battle, thank God, and defeated an enemy who brought to the <name type="person" id="669" ref="880">prima donna</name>`s house all the arias that she has to sing in our <name type="work" id="2932" ref="385">opera</name> and tried to persuade her not to sing any of Wolfg.`s . <ref type="footnote" id="fn2" n="3"></ref> We`ve seen them all, they`re all new arias, but neither she nor the rest of us know who wrote them. But she said no to this evil man and is now beside herself with delight at the arias that Wolfg. has written according to her own instructions and wishes, as is her maestro, Sgr <name type="person" id="670" ref="3405">Lampugnani</name>, who is rehearsing her part with <name type="person" id="2933" ref="880">her</name> and who can`t praise Wolfg.`s arias enough. While we were with her today, she was just rehearsing her first <name type="work" id="671" ref="703">aria</name> with the <name type="person" id="2934" ref="3405">maestro</name>. But a second storm is gathering in the theatrical heavens, and we can already see it in the distance . <ref type="footnote" id="fn3" n="4"></ref> But I expect that with God`s help and if we remain good-natured we shall win through. But you mustn`t be surprised, these are unavoidable matters that even the greatest composers have to contend with. As long as we keep well and our bowels remain open, the rest is unimportant, we just mustn`t take things too much to heart. You`ll hear about it all in due course. It continues to rain here most of the time, and then there are thick mists which, even if we have one good day, return the next day. We kiss you both 1000000 times and send our good wishes to our friends inside and outside the house, and I remain your old<lb/> Leop Mozart<lb/><lb/>I don`t know if I told you that young H <name type="person" id="672" ref="3303">Kreuser</name> called on us in <name type="place" id="673" ref="79">Bologna</name>. Young <name type="person" id="674" ref="3303">Kreüser</name> from <name type="place" id="675" ref="28">Amsterdam</name>, whose <name type="person" id="2935" ref="3304">brother</name> is the first violin there - he called on us constantly and wanted to travel with us. He asked after us in <name type="place" id="676" ref="129">Rome</name> and <name type="place" id="677" ref="61">Naples</name>, but on each occasion we`d already left. He`s now returning to Holland via <name type="place" id="678" ref="96">Turin</name> and <name type="place" id="679" ref="56">Paris</name>; he sends you both his best wishes.<lb/>I`ve just this minute received your letter of 2 Nov. <ref type="footnote" id="fn4" n="5"></ref> If you haven`t already sent off the 2 <name type="work" id="680" ref="3">violin tutors</name>, <hi rend="underline">hang on to them and don`t send them off.</hi> Dr <name type="person" id="681" ref="684">Britti</name> of <name type="place" id="682" ref="80">Roveredo</name> is himself a good keyboard player. I know C <name type="person" id="683" ref="1025">Castelbarco</name> very well. I`m writing this in the <name type="person" id="2936" ref="2114">steward</name>`s house at Count <name type="person" id="684" ref="1836">Firmian</name>`s.</div><div type="footnotes"><div type="footnotetext" id="fn0"> Leopold refers here to the congratulations on his birthday (14 November) and nameday (15 November)</div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn1"> On his second marriage, to Maria Anna Engelhart</div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn2"> Presumably Quirino <name type="person" id="000657" ref="002051">Gasparini</name>, who in the end apparently managed to smuggle the aria `Vado incontro al fato estremo` into the opera; the version of this aria published in the <hi rend="italic">Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, </hi>and present in the earliest sources, is not by Mozart but by <name type="person" id="000662" ref="002051">Gasparini</name></div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn3"> See letter 219</div> <div type="footnotetext" id="fn4"> Lost</div></div></body></text></TEI.2>
In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.