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  • Cuvilliés Theatre, Munich, Germany
    Thursday Jan 29, 1778

    Mozart

    Idomeneo Premier

    Cuvilliés Theatre, Munich, Germany
    Thursday Jan 29, 1778

    Idomeneo's first dress rehearsal was coinciding with the 25th birthday of Mozart. His father Leopold had arrived with Nannerl in Munich sometime between then and the premiere. The first night-the only fair night-went really well. Mozart had achieved the popularity he had wished for, but for another 5 years the opera would not be performed again.




  • Vienna, Austria
    Tuesday Apr 7, 1778

    Mozart

    Mozart meets Beethoven

    Vienna, Austria
    Tuesday Apr 7, 1778

    A 16-year-old composer arrived at Vienna on 7 April 1787 newly. He was already acquainted with Mozart 's music by all accounts, and was excited to meet him. It's said he was playing music with him and he also had some lessons from him, probably. the name of the young composer was Ludwig van Beethoven.




  • Salzburg, Austria
    Thursday May 28, 1778

    Mozart

    His father's deaths

    Salzburg, Austria
    Thursday May 28, 1778

    Leopold Mozart died. When all his affairs were taken care of, Mozart received 1000 gulden from his father’s estate. It was a much-needed financial boost.




  • Vienna, Austria
    Monday Jun 8, 1778

    Mozart

    Mozart resigns

    Vienna, Austria
    Monday Jun 8, 1778

    The composer was called to Vienna the following March, where his employer, Archbishop Colloredo, participated in the festivities for Joseph II 's accession to the Austrian throne. Mozart, fresh from his adulation in Munich, was offended when Colloredo regarded him as a mere servant, and particularly when the archbishop forbade him to perform at Countess Thun's before the Emperor for a fee equal to half of his annual Salzburg salary. In May, the ensuing quarrel reached a head, Mozart attempted to withdraw and was rejected. Permission was granted the following month but the composer was dismissed in a grossly insulting manner, administered by the steward of the archbishop, Count Arco. Mozart decided to settle in Vienna as a freelance performer and a composer.




  • Paris, France
    Friday Jul 3, 1778

    Mozart

    His mother's death

    Paris, France
    Friday Jul 3, 1778

    After Mannheim, she had been unwell, complaining of a sore throat and ear infections, and while she was keen for them to move on, Leopold declined to countenance her return home, to recover there. Things quickly got worse in Paris. She began suffering from chills and a fever along with constant headaches and died on July 3.




  • Paris, France
    Monday Jul 13, 1778

    Mozart

    The Paris Symphony

    Paris, France
    Monday Jul 13, 1778

    On 12 June, his Symphony No. 31 in D — eventually nicknamed “The Paris Symphony” — newly written that month, was performed at the house of another local bigwig, Count Sickingen.




  • (Present Day Southern Italy)
    Saturday Oct 3, 1778

    Flag of the United States

    Letter to Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies

    (Present Day Southern Italy)
    Saturday Oct 3, 1778

    Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, in a letter dated October 3, 1778, to Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, described the American flag as consisting of "13 stripes, alternately red, white, and blue, a small square in the upper angle, next the flag staff, is a blue field, with 13 white stars, denoting a new Constellation."


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