Music Stories: August 29th (1781)

"Puppet Show Princess": Mozart Mocks Bernasconi

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Kornelia Bittmann
Kornelia Bittmann
08/21/2020

By his mid-twenties, Mozart, that happy-go-lucky ray of sunshine, could already grumble and gripe like an old man. On August 29th 1781, he wrote to his father in Salzburg with the latest gossip from Vienna. Among the topics was the soprano Antonia Bernasconi, a singer from Stuttgart with an Italian stepfather. She had been given a lucrative post at the behest of Emperor Joseph II, though it seems that when it came to courtly etiquette, she fell somewhat short of the...

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