Mozart Returns: Paris 1778


In 1778 Mozart is back in Paris, but he is no longer a cute little kid and a musical progeny he had been back in 1763, but a young man whose skills are not particularly in demand — in the late XVIII century Paris everyone is some kind of a musician. This is how he himself describes his reception at the Salon of Duchess de Chabot, “For some time I did not know what to do. I was in an unheated room, dying of cold and boredom and then headache. If it were not for Monsieur Grimm, I would have left already. Just to get myself something to do, I sat at this wretched grand-piano. The worst of it was not its quality, but the fact that my audience did not stop their activities and conversation. I think I was playing for the furniture. So I played half of the program, then lost patience and got up in the midst of applause and acclamation.” At the Court of Versailles Mozart was offered a job of an organ player.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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