Musical Mozart!: The Red Coat

“THE RED COAT”

( Act I Scene 2 )


Wolfgang:

As children we toured all over Europe

and I wore a coat that sparkled

It was the height of fashion.


Nannerl:

Oh, yes! I remember.


Wolfgang:

It was a present.


Nannerl:

From the Empress.


Wolfgang:

It doesn’t fit me anymore

and I’ve worn grey ever since.

From now on, I’ll only wear this.


Nannerl:

The exact same design as before.


Wolfgang:

How do I look? Isn’t it grand?


Nannerl:

Gold embroidery

A coat only aristocrats wear

Yours is just as dazzling

You are always my prince


Wolfgang:

Papa will like it, too.

He’ll get us ready for another tour, saying

‘Son, let’s go make some money!’


Nannerl:

I’ll come with you.


Wolfgang:

Mother, too.


Nannerl:

To Paris!


Wolfgang:

To London!


Nannerl:

To a greater world.


Wolfgang:

It’s too boring here!

Everyone’s busy kissing the Archbishop’s arse.


Nannerl:

We’ll leave this place for somewhere freer.


Wolfgang:

Freedom, festivals, shining palaces

Beautiful music flows from my head

The best music! In the coat I dreamed of.


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