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'Abduction': Taken With a Grain of Salt

"Too many notes, my dear Mozart," Hapsburg Emperor Joseph II famously commented when he first heard the composer's "The Abduction From the Seraglio." More than providing fodder for the 1984 film "Amadeus," the comment -- facile though it may be -- points to the novel nature of Mozart's 1782 opera....

By Daniel Ginsberg

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