Mozart's Lenten concerts, 1784
Mozart and his family left posterity an extraordinary body of correspondence,
which provides much of what we know about his life and career. In a letter
of March 3, 1784, for instance, he bragged to his father about 22 public
and private concerts he was then in the midst of presenting. Some days
later he sent his father a list of the subscribers to his own concert
series on three successive Wednesdays—a list that reads like a who's
who of the Austrian nobility. Mozart's new keyboard concertos, K. 449,
450 and 451, were performed at these three concerts. His father noted
that the Viennese piano teacher, Georg Friedrich Richter, had reported
the concertos' success. Mozart replied on May 26: "The concerto whose
praises Herr Richter sang is the one in B flat… Both concertos [K.
450 and 451], I maintain, will make you sweat, however the one in B flat
trumps the one in D in the matter of technical difficulty."
The original list is owned by the Library of the Mozarteum,
Briefe Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts mit Originalbriefen
in Lichtdruck, ed. Erich H. Müller von Asow. Salzburg: Zentralinstitut
für Mozartforschung an Mozarteum, 1942.
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