Mozart’s ‘gimme back my quartet’ note sells for $217,000

Mozart’s ‘gimme back my quartet’ note sells for $217,000


norman lebrecht

October 16, 2015

A letter from Mozart to a friend, the botanist Nikolaus, Joseph von Jacquin, asking him to return three scores, has gone for more than twice the estimate in a Boston online auction.

Mozart wrote: ‘I ask you to send me back with the bearer of this, the Quartet in G minor, the Sonata in E flat and the new Trio in G.’

Anyone know if he got them back?


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  • El Grillo says:

    Whether he got them back?

    Maybe, It doesn’t really matter, they turn out being the pieces I thought were referred to, although quartet trio and sonata in those keys could mean any number of them. And they are all now available, so they weren’t lost.

    With Constanze involved, it might have been better they stay where they were.

    The piano quartet in G minor, The sonata for piano and violin in E-flat major and the piano trio in G major.

    It’s hard to focus on (made me dizzy and I start crying), there was incredible sadness that year, the premier of the D minor piano concerto, which consequently has the lucidity of emotion, and needed flexibility when anyone goes through what he already had.

    You see Wolfgang had to go and present these pieces to the Donaueschingen court on their beautiful grounds hoping for something, although it was perhaps too much for him to realize the music wouldn’t really be acknowledged for what it was, although he did know he was being dismissed and one might even say highly ostracized (he had become a Mason for one: and Masons were quite persecuted by the Government and the Catholic Church; and he had set up shop without the patronage of the nobility, which he had moved away from in Salzburg)… wondering why.–217-000-at-Boston-based-RR-Auction#.ViFHZqc54yo

  • El Grillo says:

    Sorry, it was the year before the note, it seems I was referring to. It was 1786 that he went to Donaueschingen

    Seeing “Wolfgang” somehow walking to propose to the Prince of Furstenberg of the Donaueschingen court (ask me to spell that tomorrow, I’m dizzy enough) and in passing a man made pool to get there, almost wanting to give up and dissolve into the water..

    And indeed his proposal to get paid regularly by the court to compose wasn’t granted.

    And in his youth he wrote pieces for cello for the Prince, which sadly have been lost. Something I guess I knew about but haven’t read about till now, at one point going looking for the Mozart Cello pieces I knew existed in the Time Life “complete” recordings of Mozart’s music.