Two years after being kicked out of the Salzburg Cathedral – literally, "with a kick to the arse" – Mozart returned to his hometown to debut his new Mass in C minor.
It wasn’t a peace offering to the archbishop, but rather an introduction of his new wife to Mozart’s family and old friends. She was an accomplished singer, and Mozart gave her a starring role.
Then the Mozarts went back home to Vienna and everlasting fame. The mass has become one of the iconic works in its genre, and it's our featured work this week.
Nobody much remembers the archbishop any more.