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This is a reconstruction of the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony 42. The manuscript was discovered under the sound board of an old harpsicord sent in for restoration. As is well known, Mozart was always hiding his manuscripts as he knew Salieri was always sniffing around nicking his tunes but this manuscript was thought lost.

The manuscript appears to be a rough draft. There are inconsistencies in the musical style.  A diary note left by Mozart tells us why. Approximately translated from German it reads: “After a harrowing half hour with my teetotal publisher I had lunch with Donizetti in Sleazy Ed’s Timetravel café next to Die Letzte Möglichkeit (Last Option) Bordello down Vienna High Street. He wants to borrow my coloratura and mistress for his new opera, the Magic Fruit. I held out until he offered me 100 bottles of Schnapps. But for the Apfelstrudel being too salty it was a pleasant lunch. We exchanged many ideas. I like his style so I may entertain some of his ideas in this new symphony. He’ll think I lifted them from his Lucia, a nice piece. A shame that we’re too early for films. He’d be rich. We both would. He also smells better than Brahms who has birds nesting in that horrid beard. Brahms is always complaining about how that ivory-tickler B. Toven left him redundant. Gaetano and I laughed over Brahms challenging me to billiards. The man really doesn’t know what to do with his balls. Gaetano has promised to send the recipe for Neapolitan Sixths which I can’t wait to add into the symphony.”

©Dr P Yano

So here is the reconstruction. Performed by the Sinfonia Cacophonica of Burana.

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Oh dear. I'm not sure except of one thing: budding composers have no sense of humour.

No comment so far. Either people believe this really IS Mozart which means it's beyond reproach..........

.......or (more likely) that it's carp (typo) and doesn't deserve comment. Not even 1/10 for the orchestration.

🙂 

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4 hours ago, Quinn said:

Oh dear. I'm not sure except of one thing: budding composers have no sense of humour.

No comment so far. Either people believe this really IS Mozart which means it's beyond reproach..........

.......or (more likely) that it's carp (typo) and doesn't deserve comment. Not even 1/10 for the orchestration.

Or people just don't know how to review it humorously.  I personally think the orchestration is great!  And the shave and a haircut at the end is a nice humorous musical quotation.

On 7/31/2020 at 2:57 PM, Quinn said:

Brahms is always complaining about how that ivory-tickler B. Toven left him redundant.

I didn't get that part at first.  Not until I sounded it out LoL

On 7/31/2020 at 2:57 PM, Quinn said:

Gaetano and I laughed over Brahms challenging me to billiards. The man really doesn’t know what to do with his balls.

This made me laugh.  This whole idea reminds me of Peter Schikele and P.D.Q. Bach.  I played some of his piece back in high school band.  LoL

Nice job overall!  Thanks for sharing!

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Hi, PaperComposer,

Yes, I remember Schickele, PDQ Bach. A piece I have tucked away somewhere was 'Three Views from an Open Window' which was transcribed from an old LP. Another joker, eh?

The problem we have is after an outburst of humour no one takes us seriously.....I'm at best an amateur so does it matter? The fake Mozart was run up as a rebellion against 'modern' stuff I write and which I find sapping, need a rest. Also helps keep in touch with more standard orchestration.

Many thanks for your comment, for listening and having a smile.

Best wishes,

Quinn

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