PLACE DES VOSGES

Place des Vosges
Letter to Mozart's father

Mon trs cher Pre                                           Paris, 1 May 1778

". . . I had to wait for half an hour in a large ice-cold, unheated room, which hadn't even a fireplace."

Finally becoming impatient with the entire situation, he played his Fischer Variations (Zwlf Variationen fr Klavier ber ein Menuett von Johann Christian Fischer). This minuet theme - composed by Fischer - was used by Mozart while he was in Holland in 1774, and is one of his most popular sets of variations for the keyboard. The Mozart family met Fischer at The Hague in 1765 while they were on the "Western Tour."

A very disagreeable experience for Mozart while in Paris. Place des Vosges (formerly "Place Royale") was built in a symmetrical square in 1605-12 under Henri IV and at the visit of Mozart, occupied by the Duchesse de Chabot

 

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