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Milan 18 Dec. / 1772
Best wishes to all our good friends inside and outside the house, we kiss you both many 10000 times, and I am, as ever, your old
Mzt.
I`m writing this today, Friday the 18th, as there`ll be very little time tomorrow to write anything. The first rehearsal footnote1 with all the instruments is at half past 9 in the morning. We`ve recently had 3 rehearsals for the recitatives. The tenor didn`t arrive till last night, and today Wolfg. has written 2 arias for him and still has another 2 to do. footnote2 The second rehearsal is on Sunday the 20th, the third on Tuesday the 22nd, the dress rehearsal on Wednesday the 23rd, with nothing on Thursday and Friday. The first night is on Saturday the 26th, God willing, the day on which you`ll receive this letter. I`m writing this at 11 o`clock at night as Wolfg. has just finished the tenor`s 2nd aria. On Christmas Eve we`ll have a solemn supper at the home of H von Germani and his wife, both of whom send you their kind regards and wish that you were here. Tomorrow we`re munching, oops, lunching with H von Mayr, after lunch I`ll be able to write a few more words. Today we were with Hs Ex Co Firmian to offer our congratulations on the nomination of His Eminence the Bishop of Passau as cardinal. The courier arrived with the news from Rome at the Angelus on the evening of the 17th. Addio, farewell.


MOZART`S POSTSCRIPT TO HIS SISTER footnote3

[Alternate lines written upside down in the autograph]
I hope you`re feeling well, my dear sister. When you receive this
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letter, my dear sister, that same evening, my dear sister,
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my opera will be being staged. Think of me, dear sister, and imagine
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my dear sister, as hard as you can, that you`re seeing and hearing, my dear sister,
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it too. It`s hard, of course, as it`s already 11 o`clock, otherwise I believe and do not doubt
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for a moment that it`s brighter by day than at Easter. My dear sister,
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tomorrow we`re lunching with H von Mayer and why, do you think? Guess - because he invited us. Tomorrow`s rehearsal is onstage
[upside down:]
but the impresaria, Sig Castiglioni, has asked me not
[right way up:]
to say anything about it, otherwise people will flock there, and we don`t want that.
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And so, my child, I beg you, not to say anything to anyone, my child, for
[right way up:]
otherwise too many people will flock there today, my child. By the way, do you know
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what happened here? I`ll tell you:
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We left Co Firmian`s today to return home, and when
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we got to our own street,
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we opened the front door, and what do you think happened? We went in. Farewell, my little lung. I kiss you, my liver,
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and remain, as always, my stomach, your worthless brother Wolfgang Frater
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please, please, my dear sister, I`ve been bitten, scratch me.
Please use the following reference when citing this website:
Eisen, Cliff et al. In Mozart's Words, Letter 271 <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.