Brahms's Quintet in F
March 23, 1884
Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto, recently revived at the Court Opera, is no more viable than Piccini's Dido or Paisiello's Cosa rara; 1 two contemporaries of Cimarosa. The memory of all of them is obscured by the sun of Mozart's genius.
Mozart is, in a certain sense, related to them artistically, although not to be numbered exclusively among the Italians. He shares with Cimarosa and his countrymen the Italian vivacity, the unaffected charm and the light flow of musical declamation, but the Italians could never have written a Die Zauberflöte, which could only proceed from the spiritual depths of the Germans. That Mozart could make the best aspects of Italian operatic procedure his own was in no way an infringement of his German nature. Cimarosa, on the other hand, seems to have concerned himself with Mozart, with consequences both agreeable and disagreeable disagreeable for the composer, to whom many a pretty inspiration from The Marriage of Figaro occured while composing Il Matrimonio Segreto (for The Marriage of Figaro was written seven
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Publication information: Book title: The Music Criticism of Hugo Wolf. Contributors: Henry Pleasants - Editor, Hugo Wolf - Author. Publisher: Holmes & Meier. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1978. Page number: 26.
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