Wolfgang Mozart at the opera 
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 01:07 PM - Jokes and anecdotes of famous people, Modern Age History
Mozart once created quite a sensation in a theater he
was visiting. It was at Marseilles. He had gone to
the opera incognito to hear one of his own works performed.
All went well till, in a certain passage, through
some error in the copyist, the orchestra played "D"
where Mozart had written "D sharp." This change of
one note made a decided difference in the harmony, and
turned the superior harmonic effect intended into a very
ordinary sounding affair.

No sooner was this done than Mozart sprang to his
feet, crying out: " Play D sharp, will you; play D sharp,
you wretches!" It may be imagined that such actions
produced quite a sensation. The orchestra and singers
stopped their performance and the audience began to
hiss him down and cry, "Put him out!" and he was
about to be summarily ejected from the theater, when
he announced who he was.

When it was known that it was Mozart, the tumult
subsided, and cries of " Mozart! Mozart!" rang through
the house. The very ones that were about to expel
him now conducted him to the orchestra, and he was
compelled to direct the opera, which was taken up anew.
This time the missing D sharp was played in its proper
place and produced the intended effect. At the close
of the opera a perfect ovation was tendered the composer,
and the people were not content until they had escorted
him in triumph to his hotel.


From Anecdotes of Great Musicians by Willey Francis Gates

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