MOZART
So then you like it? You really like
it, Your Majesty?

JOSEPH
Of course I do. It’s very good. Of
course now and then – just now and
then – it gets a touch elaborate.

MOZART
What do you mean, Sire?

JOSEPH
Well, I mean occasionally it seems
to have, how shall one say?
(he stops in
difficulty; to Orsini-
Rosenberg)
How shall one say, Director?

ORSINI-ROSENBERG
Too many notes, Your Majesty?

JOSEPH
Exactly. Very well put. Too many
notes.

MOZART
I don’t understand. There are just
as many notes, Majesty, as are
required. Neither more nor less.

JOSEPH
My dear fellow, there are in fact
only so many notes the ear can hear
in the course of an evening. I think
I’m right in saying that, aren’t I,
Court Composer?

SALIERI
Yes! yes! er, on the whole, yes,
Majesty.

Amadeus

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