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If he were to write to her from this imaginary journey, he would try to cheer her up (“Primo: I beg of you not to be sad”) and perhaps want to share some musical thoughts. There is a delightful account of Mozart driving through the countryside with Constanze, humming all the musical ideas that came into his head, and saying “it is too silly that we [composers] have got to hatch out our work in a room.”
If she were far away, he might jot down a theme and variations as a musical letter. One or two variations might catch some of the musical inflections of places he visited; others would be thoughts of Constanze, intimate, tender and playful. As the basis for this imaginary letter, I have used the Theme and Variations, and one or two other ideas, from Mozart’s Divertimento K287.
from notes by Jonathan Dove © 2016
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