2112 ½ lire: Mozart's fee for "Lucio Silla"

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, composer (1756-1791), and his father Leopold Mozart (1719-1787). Receipt signed by both ("Amadeo Mozart mp" and "Leopoldo Mozart mp").

Milan, 29. XII. 1772.

4to. 1 p. on bifolium.

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A receipt for 130 zecchini gigliati, or 2112½ lire, written by Ambrogio Galeazzi, treasurer of the Regio Ducal Teatro in Milan, and signed in their own hands by the sixteen-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father Leopold: "Ho ricevuti io sottos.to dal Sr. Ambrogio Galeazzi, Cass.e del Teatro, Zecchini Gigliati numero cento trenta, dico #130, che a ragione di lire 16.5- formana lire 2112.10- per intero saldo del convenuto mio Onorario per aver composta la Musica della prim' Opera Seria, che si rappresenta nel corr.te Carnovale [...]".

Mozart received the money as remuneration for his opera "Lucio Silla", based on the history of the Roman dictator Sulla. (The Mozarts also enjoyed free lodging at the Theatre's expense.) Written for the 1773 carnival season, the work was commissioned as early as March 1771, following the great success of Mozart's "Mitridate", also at Milan. The libretto was by Giovanni di Gamerra, who incorporated changes suggested by Pietro Metastasio. The opera was first performed on the evening of 26 December 1772 at the Regio Ducal Teatro, three days before Mozart was paid. Although it was regarded a success, this was to be the last commission Mozart was to receive from Italy.

Light traces of old folds; a tiny pinprick hole in the left margin from registration. An uncommonly well-preserved document.

Cf. Alberto Basso, I Mozart in Italia (Roma, 2006), pp. 29f. (note 46), 98.

Art.-Nr.: BN#51853