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In April, Mozart and his pupil, Prince Carl von Lichnowsy, travel to Berlin. In Dresden he plays at the court of the Prince Elector, in Leipzig he plays the organ at the Thomaskirche. In mid-May he arrives in Berlin, where his Opera " Die Entführung aus dem Serail " is given its first performance and where he obtains from king Friedrich Wilhelm II the commission to compose six String Quartets, but he writes three only (KV 575, 589 und 590). At the end of May he returns to Vienna. His wife's illness drags him into further financial problems. He repeatedly asks his Viennese friend and fellow freemason Michael Puchberg for financial support.


His Opera "Così fan tutte" (K588) premiers on January 26, 1790 at the Burgtheater. Composed on assignment by Emperor Joseph II, it does not however obtain much success. In autumn Mozart goes at his own expense to the coronation ceremony of the Emperor Leopold II in Frankfurt, during which Antonio Salieri's commemorative music is played. During the journey to Frankfurt, Mozart also visits the towns of Linz, Regensburg, Nurnberg, Würzburg and Aschaffenburg. On his return trip, he also visits Augsburg and Munich. Back in Vienna Mozart obtains an offer to go to London - like Joseph Haydn - and compose two operas.

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Mozart's letter to his fellow freemason Johann Michael Puchberg, asking him for financial help (ISM)