|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Monday, September 26, 2016
|Newfound Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Antonio Salieri cantata premieres after 200-year silence|
A photo taken on February 16, 2016 at the Czech Music Museum in Prague shows the recently discovered sheets of music notes composed by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart togehter with the Italian composer Antonio Salieri "Per la Ricuperata Salute di Offelia" for the libretto by the Italian poet Lorenzo Da Ponte.
By: Jan Marchal
PRAGUE (AFP).- Lost for over 200 years, a cantata co-written by classical maestros Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri rang out in public for the first time Tuesday, shedding new light on their reputed intense rivalry.
The Italian composer was allegedly so jealous of the Austrian prodigy that he once tried to poison him -- a claim rejected by experts as the collaboration was performed in Prague.
"The part composed by Mozart is, shall we say, more ingenious and dramatic, while the other two verses are more lyrical," musician Lukas Vendl told reporters after playing the four-minute composition on a harpsichord.
"But it's impossible to deduce from it who was a better composer."
The cantata from 1785 is "key to a new understanding of the relationship between Mozart and Salieri," according to Timo Jouko Herrmann, the German musicologist and composer who found the work.
Herrmann said it suggests the men were "colleagues who worked together" rather than rivals and undermines a legend suggesting Salieri may have played a role in Mozart's untimely death at 36 in 1791.
Titled "Per la ricuperata salute di Offelia" (To Ophelia's health) the cantata was jointly composed by Mozart, Salieri and an unknown musician named Cornetti.
It accompanies a libretto by Italian poet Lorenzo Da Ponte and is dedicated to popular English soprano Nancy Storace (1765-1817), who returned to the stage after losing her voice for a spell.
The score lay unidentified in the Czech Museum of Music since the 1950s but Herrmann was finally able to attribute it to the two composers thanks to access to new information on the Internet, according to a museum statement.
Scores of the cantata had been distributed at the time by a Viennese merchant, Artaria and Comp. The Prague copy is the only one to have survived.
The discovery is especially interesting in light of a legend discounted by historians: Salieri was said to have fatally poisoned Mozart out of jealousy over the Austrian wunderkind's talent
First appearing in Alexander Pushkin's 19th-century poetic drama "Mozart and Salieri," the rumour was later featured in the play and 1984 film "Amadeus", which historians say grossly exaggerated Salieri's rivalry with Mozart.
"We all know the film 'Amadeus.' Salieri is mischaracterised in it," said Ulrich Leisinger from the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg.
"He didn't poison Mozart. The two composers regularly met up and collaborated in Vienna."
The film was shot in the Czech capital, where Mozart spent considerable time in the 18th century as it was then part of the Austrian Empire.
Prague played host to the premiere of his celebrated opera Don Giovanni in October 1787, which later had a lukewarm reception in the empire's capital Vienna.
Mozart debuted another opera, The Clemency of Titus, in Prague in 1791.
This year marks the 260th anniversary of Mozart's birth and the 225th anniversary of his death.
"As far as I know, it's the only piece jointly written by Mozart and Salieri," said Herrmann.
"But who knows: in a treasure house like this, anything can happen," he said of Prague's music museum.
© 1994-2016 Agence France-Presse
February 17, 2016
Courtesans and brothels featured in large-scale exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum
Newfound Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Antonio Salieri cantata premieres after 200-year silence
HRH The Prince of Wales becomes National Gallery's first Royal Patron; Tours Delacroix exhibition
Spain agrees to extradite $33 mn art fraud suspect Jesus Angel Bergantinos Diaz to US
Italy pits 60-strong task force of art detectives and restorers against world's heritage looters
Made in Britain at Sotheby's London: Sale celebrates the diversity of British art
Redwood Library acquires important collection of early modern architecture books
Russia rejects nomination of jailed artist Pyotr Pavlensky for state art prize
Designer to the stars Vera Wang brings Modigliani, Giacometti to New York runway
20th century art at Christie's London: Strongest sell through-rate across seven sales this season
Solo show by British artist Becky Beasley on view at Laura Bartlett Gallery
Tokyo Chuo Auction Spring Sales feature imperial treasures and rare Chinese paintings
Everard Auctions sale features Warhol, Motherwell, Wesselmann, Frankenthaler
Exhibition of works by Thomas Fougeirol on view at Praz-Delavallade, Paris
Despite the bilzzard, NY Ceramics & Glass Fair reports excellent sales
New talent joins Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Turner Contemporary brings work of leading Danish artist Joachim Koester to Margate
Towner announces major funding for a new cinema and auditorium for artists' projects
Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections and its flagship artistic project
Birmingham Museum of Art announces senior staff promotions
Lowe Art Museum showcases ancient Andean art in new exhibition
Early adopter: How artist David Blackburn beguiled the establishment from the first
Diversify or go bust, Spike Lee warns movie industry
Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation) opens at the Mead Art Museum
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Stone Age mummy Oetzi still revealing secrets, 25 years on
2.- Tunisian remains found by British researchers prove 100,000-year human presence
3.- Rembrandt's four earliest paintings reunited for the first time at the Ashmolean
4.- Baltimore Museum of Art is one of only two major U.S. museums to feature an installation by transgender artists
5.- Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old human skeleton at Mediterranean shipwreck
6.- Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals earliest Old Testament scripture
7.- Rich London residents angry over Tate Modern voyeurs
8.- V&A Museum chief quits to fight nationalism post-Brexit
9.- Exhibition in Turin celebrates the most important family of Flemish artists
10.- Pointillism is now the focus of a high-calibre exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.