- Even as I write these lines, Blanchard will either go up — or else he’ll fool the Viennese for a third time! — All this to-do with Blanchard is most unwelcome to me today — it’s preventing me from finishing off my business.
- I did not go to see the balloon, for it is the sort of thing which one can imagine. Besides, I thought that this time too nothing would come of it. But goodness! How the Viennese are rejoicing! They are as full of his praises now as they have been up to the present of abuses.
Nevertheless, Mozart at the time was working on Die Zauberflöte, the
first-act finale of which begins with the Three Boys descending in a balloon.
The opera was first performed at Vienna just under three months later, on 30