19.11.12

Mozart in Paris



Also Paris has a “Mozart House”.

Mozart visited Paris, accompanied by his parents and sister, as a young boy and had great success, performed for the Royal family… When he returned in 1778 for a couple of months, he was 22 (21 on the portrait) and had less success, although he was offered a job as organist at Versailles which he rejected. He didn’t get the prestigious job he was looking for. He wrote to a friend : “Paris is totally opposed to my genius, inclinations, knowledge and sympathies…. God grant only that I may not impair my talents by staying here.” He made however some concerts, worked as piano teacher… and composed.




He wrote a number of sonatas, including this one. …
  

… and especially a “Paris Symphony”. After a first more private performance, it was then, and at least twice in his presence, played by a great orchestra in what then was used as a big concert hall in the Tuileries Castle (destroyed in the Communard movement 1871, see previous posts). However no royalties were present. After the first Tuileries concert June 12, 1778, he was satisfied and went for an ice-cream in a café in the Palais Royal Gardens (see previous posts), maybe this one?.



The symphony was then played a second time August 15 and in the meantime he had rewritten the second movement, which somehow had “failed to please”.

Also, in the meantime his 57 year old mother who had accompanied him to Paris got seriously ill. They stayed in the building you can see at the top of the post, 8 rue du Sentier.

He went to pray in the nearby Notre-Dames-des-Victoires Basilica (see previous post)




His mother died July 3 and the funeral was held at the Saint-Estache Church (see previous post).

Mozart left Paris for the last time during the autumn.

I have a little problem with an eye and will have an operation. I will probably need a few weeks before I'm again quite "fit for fight", meaning work properly with my computer etc... In the meantime, I have prepared, pre-programmed, some posts, but I will of course hardly be able to look at other blogs, comment... Sorry!  

... and in the meantime you can also listen to Mozart's “Paris Symphony”.
First movement
  
Second movement
     
Third movement
   

17 comments:

Jeanie said...

Hello, Peter -- I have been away too long and now have been looking down all your posts. But the Mozart! Ah -- this is simply perfect. Thank you for sharing the music as well as the places. I must be sure Rick sees this one; he will love it.

I hope you are well and enjoying this season before the holidays. Soon you will be sharing (I hope!) the holiday windows. How I'll look forward to that. We have Thanksgiving here next week and as we give thanks, I'll remain thankful for your kindness during our visit!

lasiate said...

images et musique ! parfaite conjonction!

Pierre BOYER said...

Bonne journée en musique !

Pierre

Catherine said...

What an interesting story...greetings from Nice

M said...

Peter, I will keep you in my prayers for successful surgery an quick recuperation. May you be "fit for fight" very soon!

Studio at the Farm said...

Hello Peter. I have always loves Mozart's music - thank you for the post.
I wish all the best with your surgery and recuperation!!!

ohma said...

I hope you feel fit and fighter, very soon, Peter.
Take care!!
Besos, bicos.

Thérèse said...

Du coup j'en avais oublié Mozart! Le pauvre!
Oh bonne chance pour cet oeil, on pense à toi très fort.

Starman said...

Bon chance with the eye thing!!! I hope all goes well and you'll return soon.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know his mother was buried in Paris...

That first movement of his Paris
symphony sounds so cheerful!

Good luck, Peter.

A hug the size of Sweden...
Mme. Mignard

claude said...

Mozart, un génie de la musique, de la grande, de la belle.
Tu fais concurrence à DD. Bon courage et à plus. Bises

hpy said...

Rien de grave, j'espère. (C'est Clade qui a cafté.)

sharon said...

Love this post....now one about chopin please

ALAIN said...

Il faut revoir "Amadeus" de Milos Forman, un très beau film.

Virginia said...

Thank you for the wonderful music and get well wishes of course. By now you should be home and on the mend!
V

Adam said...

Hope all went well Peter, and look forward to reading your pre-programmed posts - and some new ones very soon I'm sure.

Cergie said...

Tu nous a fait un chouette synopsis de film avec repérage des lieux in the meantime.
Repose toi, Peter !