Newly Disovered Piece by Mozart and Salieri Performed Yesterday for First Time in 200 Years
Yesterday, a recently discovered collaborative musical work by Mozart and other composers was heard for the first time in more than 200 years, according to BBC News.
The work, Per la ricuperata di Ophelia (For the Recovered Health of Ophelia), was found in the Czech Museum of Music in Prague, where yesterday it was given its first performance in more than 200 years.
Per la ricuperata di Ophelia is a short cantata for soprano an keyboard composed in 1785 by Mozart, Antonio Salieri and a composer called "Cornetti" for soprano Nancy Storace to sing upon her return to the stage after a five-month hiatus brought about by vocal problems.
Mozart and Salieri knew Storace, who created the role of Susanna in Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. The cantata’s text was written by pot and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who also wrote the librettos for The Marriage of Figaro and Mozart’s operas Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte.
- “Mozart and Salieri ‘Lost’ Composition Played in Prague” (BBC)