Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Mozart Minute: Mozart Hits Up His Friend for Cash
Mozart never secured a court or church music job with a comfortable income.Â Instead, he got by on limited earnings as a freelance composer and performer, and with help from his friends.Â
As Mozartâ€™s letters show, one of these friends was Viennese merchant and fellow musician and Freemason Michael Puchberg.Â Here is Emily Andersonâ€™s translation of a letter Mozart wrote to Puchberg in June 1788.
â€œI still owe you eight ducats,â€ Mozart wrote. â€œApart from the fact that at the moment I am not in a position to pay you back this sum, I dare to implore you to help me out with a hundred gulden until next week.â€Â Puchberg sent one hundred gulden.Â
July 12th, 1789: â€œInstead of paying my debts, I am asking for more money.â€Â Mozart requested 500 gulden.Â Only after Mozartâ€™s next letter repeating his request for funds did Puchberg respond with a loan of 150 gulden.Â The letters go on through only months before Mozartâ€™s death in December of 1791.Â Fortunately, so did the loans, and so did the music.