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The Master Musicians: Mozart$
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Julian Rushton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.001.0001

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Salzburg 1773–1777

Salzburg 1773–1777

(p.39) Chapter 5 Salzburg 1773–1777
The Master Musicians: Mozart

Julian Rushton

Oxford University Press

The family began to enjoy an improved economic situation when Wolfgang's honorary title of Konzertmeister was confirmed by Archbishop Colloredo in 1772, with a salary of 150 gulden. In the autumn of 1773 the Mozarts removed to the Tanzmeisterhaus, an apartment large enough for music-making and playing games, including shooting at targets — occupations for the whole family, whereas the mother was generally not involved in music. In October, Mozart had completed a brace of symphonies in the related keys of B flat and G minor, the latter being the earliest to command a regular place in the modern repertoire. His intensive cultivation of particular instrumental forms (in these years, the symphony and violin concerto) was less a planned exploration of their potential than the fulfilment of the requirements of local concert life. In the long gap between opera commissions, he wrote few arias, but theatre music was never far from his mind.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, theatre music, composition, Konzertmeister, opera

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