7/16 Today (again yesterday) in Weird Music History: 1782. After hearing W.A. Mozart’s Singspiel-Opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail), Emperor Joseph II of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had this advice for the composer:
“Too many notes, my dear Mozart.”
To which Mozart replied back:
“Exactly as many as are needed, your Majesty.”
History records that Mozart would go on writing “too many” notes.