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Third ear | jeremy eichler

At BEMF, Mozart’s instruments in US debut

“I played as though I were the finest fiddler in Europe,” Mozart once proudly confided to his father, Leopold, describing a concert that took place in fall 1777.

Improbably enough, as I type these words, the violin he may have used at that very concert, regarded as an Austrian national treasure, is being prepared for a journey from its Salzburg home to the Boston Early Music Festival. Its traveling companion, but on a separate plane, will be Mozart’s own viola, coaxed into song at untold numbers of chamber music gatherings in Vienna, where he played his own music in ensembles that on occasion included Haydn. Once they arrive, both instruments will be tucked away in an undisclosed location.

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