Mozart's "Frenemies"

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Leopold Kozeluch met up with Mozart at salon gatherings, but was known to have "slandered [Mozart] villainously and even attacked his moral character."  When Mozart's father asked him if he had met Carl Stamitz or his brother Anton, Mozart referred to Stamitz brothers as "wretched scribblers, gamblers, swillers, and adulterers - not the kind of people for me."  Finally, even though the Salieri's relationship with Mozart wasn't as sinister as portrayed in Amadeus, the two composers knew each other well and it is easy to imagine a certain amount of resentment on the part of Salieri. You said you wanted to hear a piece by Antonio Salieri and we played it at noon.


Comments [14]

Daisuke from Fort Lee, NJ

Kozeluch and Salieri were a close match, but great music nonetheless!

Aug. 24 2011 12:05 PM
Francisca Sabadie from Scarsdale, New York

one rarely hears Kozeluch - as a matter of fact, i don't think i have ever heard of him - whereas one hears quite a bit of Salieri and Stamitz already thanks to WQXR- keep up the good work!

Aug. 24 2011 11:54 AM
Joseph from Fort Lee, New Jersey

If Wednesday was once "Prince Spaghetti Day", and no longer is, why not the next best thing to Italian food, an Italian musician.

Aug. 24 2011 11:35 AM
Catriel Blum from Toronto

Kozeluch was a very good composer -- his G-Minor symphony is a masterwork on par (or just a little below) with Mozart's 40th!

Aug. 24 2011 11:35 AM
Tim from Baton Rouge, LA

Considering the way Salieri was portrayed on screen so erroneously, he deserves to be played as much as possible.

Aug. 24 2011 11:32 AM
monroe scherer from BROOKLYN, NY


Aug. 24 2011 10:58 AM
Carl from New York

With a name like Kozeluch (which could pronounced as "cause-a-look) its got to be good.

Aug. 24 2011 10:57 AM

carl was small time musician composer who never made the limelight. wonderful viola and clarinet concertos.shame he is forgotten!!!

Aug. 24 2011 10:54 AM
Mas from Japan(formerly Westchester, NY)

I saw the film Amadeus when I was in elementary school and was taught that Salieri wasn't a good composer.

I would like to listen to Salieri's music, now with no prejudice toward Salieri.

Aug. 24 2011 10:46 AM
Cynthia from Cleveland, OH

Bring on Kozeluch!

Aug. 24 2011 09:58 AM
David from NYC

Let us hear Carl Stamitz, the descendant of the Mannheim School which was famous for its crescendo technique based on which Mozart composed the symphonia concertante K 364 for violin and viola

Aug. 24 2011 09:57 AM

Kozeluch for sure.

Aug. 24 2011 09:52 AM
Loretta from Queens

Ditto on Kozeluch......who?

Aug. 24 2011 09:48 AM
Judith from Boston, MA

I have to vote for Kozeluch because I don't think that I've ever heard any of his music. This would be a good occasion to remedy that.

Aug. 24 2011 08:58 AM

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