On This Day: January 27

January 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

1756
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) was born in Salzburg, Austria.

Source: The Times

Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Ivy:

Il sogno di Scipione (Scipio’s Dream)

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This is probably Mozart’s least interesting opera–if indeed it is an opera at all. Composed at the end of 1771 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Salzburg’s Archbishop Schrattenbach, its performance was cancelled due to the archbishop’s sudden death. Mozart re-dedicated it to the new archbishop (Colloredo). There is still doubt as to whether it was ever performed. It’s in one act of just under two hours and is concerned with the Roman general Scipio, who in a dream is made to choose between the godesses Fortune and Constancy to guide him through life. Needless to say, he chooses Constancy over luck, and we don’t care.

Read more: Il sogno di Scipione (Scipio’s Dream)

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