28 June 2014 @ 02:36 pm
The first bootlegger  
I was listening to Mozart this morning, and wanted to look up the piece, so I turned to Wikipedia for the fast-and-dirty, and tripped over a fascinating factoid about Mozart as a young teen having bootlegged Allegri's super-secret "Miserere". When you consider that in those days that meant writing out the score by memory, that was quite a feat.

Further, the pope, after summoning him to an interview after the word got all over the Internet out in Rome, apparently said it was about time to let the piece go public.

I love finding out stuff like that.
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Little More Maskslittlemoremasks on June 28th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
I will now picture Mozart wearing a Napster hoodie forever.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 28th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
And that would probably have fit his image . . .
asakiyume: good timeasakiyume on June 28th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on June 28th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
That is so cool.
nineweavingnineweaving on June 29th, 2014 05:27 am (UTC)
Lovely piece, good program. (SRB clearly enjoyed talking about castrati with that cigar cutter in hand.)

Thank you.

Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 29th, 2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yes! (I was thinking, we get the idea already, then "caching!")
saare_snowqueensaare_snowqueen on June 29th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
Did Mozart release it 'as written' or make any of his own additions? That's a new story to me as well. Wonderful.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 29th, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
The story according to the choirmaster they interviewed is that the original was actually very plain, and it was successively embellished--though it is also possible that the castrati embellished their own singing in riffs. At any rate, it got more elaborate, and now there are numerous versions.
DJ Jazzy D: beckett thoughtsdavesmusictank on June 29th, 2014 12:04 pm (UTC)
What an amazing fact. Plagiarism was rife even then.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 29th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, plagiarism was the name of the game in literature, or had been . . . centuries of Arthuriana, for example, and scholars borrowing freely from one another, as it bolstered their own argument.

But musically, this piece had been sequestered. And then it wasn't!
oracne - Victoria Janssenoracne on June 29th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
It was customary to embellish.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 29th, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC)
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