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every possible way, it always pre- a course of attentions such as these, sented an air, and a correct accom- that the great families of Austria paniment.
gain the atfections of all by whom “ He left London, delighted with they are surrounded ; it is by this Handel's music, and carrying with moderation that they render tolerabim a few hundred guineas, which ble, and even agreeable, privileges seemed to him a treasure.
and manners wbich put them almost “On his return through Ger- on an equality with crowned heads, many, he gave a few concerts; and, German pride is ridiculous only in for the first time, his liitle fortune the printed accounts of their public received an augmentation. His ap- ceremonies; the air of kindness pointments in the Esterhazy family which accompanies the reality, were of small account; but the gives a pleasing colour to every condescension with which he was thiug. treated by the members of that “ Haydn took with him from auglist house, was of nore value to London 15,000 florins. Some a man whose works are the pro- years afterwards, the sale of be ductions of bis feelings, than any score of the Creation, and the Four. pecuniary advantages. He had Seasons, brought him an additional always a cover at the prince's table ; sum of 2, 00 sequins, with which and when bis highness gave a uni- he purcbilsed tbe small louse and form to his orchestra, Haydn re- garden in ihe fauxboorg Gumpenceived the dress usually worn by dorff, on the road to Schönbrunn, persons coming to Eisenstadt to pay where he resides. Such is the state their court to the prince. It is by of his fortune."'.
Last Days OP: MOZART.
“One day the manager of a corations shall be handsome; in a tbeatre, whose affairs were in a bad word, that everything shall be slate, and who was almost reduced agreeable to the present node." to despair, came to Mozart, and Mozart, touched by the poor fel. made known his situation to him, low's entreaties, promised to underadding, “ You are the only man in take the business for him. “ What the world who can relieve me from remuneration do you require ?": my embarrassment."-" I," asked the manager. “Why, it plied Mozart, “how can that be?". seems that you have nothing to give
-“ By composing for me an opera me,” said Mozart, “ but that you to suit the taste of the description may extricate yourself froin your of people who atiend my theatre. embarrassments, and that, at the To a certain point you may consult same time, I may not altogether that of the connoisseurs, and your lose my labour, we will arrange the own glory; but have a particular matter thus : You shall have the regard to that class of persons who score, and give me what you please are not judges of good music. I for it, on condition thai you will will take care that
shall have not allow any copies to be taken. the poem shortly, and ibat the dc- If the opera succeeds, I will dispose
of it in another quarter.” The (about 1001.) with a very polite manager, enchanted with this ge- · note, in which he thanked him for nerosity, was profuse in his pro- the pleasure he bad enjoyed. Momises. Mozart immediately set zart sent him the original score of about the music, and composed it the piece for five jnstruments, which agreeably to the instructions given bad appeared to please him. The bim. The opera was performed; count left Vienna. A year afterthe house was always filled; it was
wards he called again upon Mozart, talked of all over Germany, and and enquired about his trio. “Sir," was performed, a short time after- replied the composer, “I have wards, on five or six different never felt myself in a disposition to theatres, none of which had ob- write any thing that I should esteem tained their copies from the dis- worthy of your acceptance." tressed inanager.
"Probably," replied the count, “ On other occasions, he met you will not feel more disposed only with ingratitude from those to to return me the 100 demi-sove. whom he had rendered service, but reigns, which I paid you beforenothing could extinguish his com- band for the piece.” Mozart, inpassion for the unfortunate. When- dignant, immediately returned him ever any distressed artists, who were his sovereigns; but the count said strangers to Vienna, applied to him, nothing about the original score of in passing through the city, he the piece for five instruments; and offered them the use of his house it was soon afterwards published by and table, introduced them to the Artaria, as a quatuor for the harpsiacquaintance of those persons whom chord, with an accompaniment for he ihought most likely to be of use the violin, alto, and violoncello. to them, and seldom let them depart " It has been remarked, that without writing for then concertos, Mozart very readily acquired new of which he did not even keep a habits. The bealth of his wife, copy, in order that being the only whom he always passionately loved, persons to play them, they might was very delicate. During a long exhibit themselves to more advan- illness which she had, he always tage.
met those who came to see her, “Mozart often gave concertsat his with liis finger on his lips, as an house on Sundays. A Polish count, intimation to them not to make a who was introduced on one of these noise. His wife recovered, but, occasions, was delighted, as well as for a long time afterwards, he the rest of the company, with a always went to meet those who piece of music for five instruments, came io visit him with his finger which was performed for the first on his lips, and speaking in a subtime. He expressed to Mozart dued tone of voice. how much he had been gratibed by “In the course of this illness, he it, and requested that, when he was occasiowally took a ride on horseat leisure, he would compose for back, early in the morning, but, him a trio for the fute. Mozart before he went, he was always promised to do so, on condition that careful to lay a paper near his wife, it should be at his own time. The in the form of a physician's precount, on his return home, sent the scription. The following is a copy composer 100 gold cemi-sovereigos, of one of ibcse : Good morning,
my love, I hope you have slept well, and habitual melancholy, by the and that nothing has disturbed you: presentiment of his approacbing be careful not to take cold, or to end, an idea which always awakhurt yourself in stooping: do not ened in him fresh terror. vex yourself with the servants: “ His insanity was similar to that avoid every ibing that would be of Tasso, and io that which renunpleasant to you, till I return : dered Rousseau so happy in the take good care of yourself: I shall valley of Charmeftes, by leading seturn at nine o'clock.”
him, through the fear of approach“ Constance Weber was an excel- ing death, to the only true pbilosolent companion for Mozart, and phy, the enjoyment of the present often gave him useful advice. She moment and the forgetting of bore him two children, whom he sorrow. Perhaps, wiihout that high tenderly loved. His income was state of nervous sensibility wbich considerable, but bis immoderate borders on insanity, there is no suJove of pleasure, and the disorder perior genius in the arts which reof his affairs, prevented him from quire tenderness of feeling: bequeathing any thing to his family, “ His wife, lineasy at these sinexcept the celebrity of his name, gular habits, invited to be house and the attention of the public. those persons whom he was most After the death of this great com- fond of seeing, and who pretended poser, the inhabitants of Vienna to surprise him, at times when, testified to his children, their grati- after many hours' application, he tude for the pleasure which their ought naturally to bave thought of father had so ofien afforded them. resting. Their visits pleased him,
“ During the last years of Mozart's but he did not lay aside his pen; Jife, his health, which had always they talked, and endeavoured to been delicate, declived rapidly. engage him in the conversation, but Like all persons of imagination, he he took no interest in it; they ad. was timidly apprehensive of future dressed themselves particularly to evils, and the idea that he had not bim, he uttered a few inconselong to live, often distressed bim. quential words, and went on with At these times, he worked with his writing. such rapidity, and unremitting at- “ This extreme application, it tention, that he sometimes forgot may be observed, sometimes accomevery thing that did not relate to pavies genius, but is by no means a his art. Frequently, in the height proof of it. Who can read Tho. of his enthusiasm, his strength failed mas's einphatic collection of superhim, he fainted, and was obliged to Jatives? Yet this writer was so abbe carried to his bed. Every one sorbed in his meditations on the saw that be was ruining his health means of being eloquent, that once, by this immoderate application. at Montmorency, when his footnian His wife, and his friends, did ail brought him the horse on which he they could to divert him. Out of usually rode out, he offered the complaisance, he accompanied them animal a pinch of snuff. Raphael in the walks and visits to which Mengs also, in the present age, was they took him, but his thoughts remarkable for absence, yet he is were always absent. He was only only a painter of the third order; occasionally roused from this silent while Guido, who was always at
the gaming table, and who, towards “ The effect of this fatal tendency the conclusion of his life, painted as of mind was accelerated by a very many as three pictures in a day, to singular circumstance. I beg leave pay the debts of the night, has left to be permitted to relate it in detail, behind him works, the least valua- because we are indebted to it for ble of which is more pleasing than the famous Requiem, which is the best of Mengs, or of Carlo Ma- justly considered one of Mozart's ratti, both of them men of great best productions, application.
“One day, when he was plunged “ A lady once said to me, “ Mr. in a profound reverie, he heard a
tells me that I shall reign for carriage stop at his door. A stranger ever in his heart,--that I shall be was announced, who requested to sole mistress of it. Assuredly I speak to him. A person was introbelieve bim, but what signifies it, if duced, handsomely dressed, of dighis heart itself does not please me?" nified and impressive manners. "I Of what use is the application of a bave been commissioned, Sir, by a man without genius? Mozart has man of considerable importance, to been, in the eighteenth century, call upon you."-" Who is he?" perhaps the most striking example interrupted Mozart.-"He does not of the union of the two. Benda, wish to be known."- -“ Well, what the author of Ariadne in the isle of does he want?"-" He bas just Naxos, has also long fits of absence. lost a person whom he tenderly
“ It was in this state of mind that loved, and whose memory will be he composed the Zauber Flote, the eternally dear to him. He is deClemenza di Tito, the Requiem, sirous of annually commemorating and some other pieces of less cele- this mournful event by a solemn brity. It was while he was writing service, for which he requests you the music of the first of these operas, to compose a Requiem. Mozart that he was seized with the fainting was forcibly struck by this discourse, fits we have mentioned. He was by the grave manner in which it very partial to the Zauber Flote, was uttered, and by the air of mysthough he was not quite satisfied tery in which the whole was in. with some parts of it, to which volved. He engaged to write the the public bad taken a fancy, and Requiem. The stranger continued, which were incessantly applauded. “Employ all your genius on this This opera was performed many work; it is destined for a connoistimes, but the weak state in which "-" So much the better.". Mozart then was, did not perinit " What time do you require?”him to direct the orchestra, except ' A month.”—“ Very well: in a during nine or ten of the first re- month's time I shall return.- What presentations. When he was no price do you set on your work?"longer able to attend the theatre, he “ A hundred ducats.” The stranger used to place his watch by his side, counted them on the table, and disand seemed to follow the orchestra appeared. in his thoughts. " Now the first " Mozart remained lost in thought act is over," he would say --" now for some time; he then suddenly they are singing such an air," &c.; called for pen, ink, and paper, and, then, the idea would strike him in spite of his wife's entreaties, afresh, that he must soon bid adieu began to write. This rage for comto all this for ever.
position continued several days; le
wrote day and night, with an ardour said Mozart, with increasing astowhich seemed continually to in- nishment, “who, then, are you?" crease ; but his constitution, already -" That is nothing to the purpose; in a state of great debility, was in a month's time I shall return." unable to support this enthusiasm : “ Mozart immediately called one one inorning, he fell senseless, and of his servants, and ordered him to was obliged to suspend bis work. follow this extraordinary personage, Two or three days after, when his and find out who he was; but the wife sought to divert his mind from man failed for 'want of skill, and the gloomy presages which occupied returned without being able to it, he said to her abruptly : “ It is trace bim. certain that I am writing this Re
" Poor Mozart was then perquiem for myself; it will serve for suaded that he was no ordinary my funeral service.”. Nothing could being : that he had a connexion remove this impression from his with the other world, and was sent mind.
to announce to him his approaching “ As he went on, he felt his end. He applied himself with the strength diminish from day to day, more ardour to his Requiem, which and the score advanced slowly. The he regarded as the most durable month 'which he had fixed, being monument of his genius. While expired, the stranger again made his thus enıployed, he was seized with appearance. “ Į have found it im-' the most alarming fainting fits, but possible,” said Mozart, “ to keep the work was at length completed my word.”—“ Do not give yourself before the expiration of the month, any uneasiness,” replied the stran- At the time appointed, the stranger ger ; “ what further line do you returned, but Mozart was no more. require?”." Another month. The “ His career was as brilliant as it work has interested me more thao [ was short. He died before he had expected, and I have extended it completed his thirty-sixth year; much beyond what I at tirst de- but in this short space of time be signed.”- "In that case, it is but has acquired a name which will just to increase the premium; here never perish, so long as feeling are fifty ducats more."--"Sir," hearis are to be found.”
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