It was on the occasion of the first representation of Paesiello's Zingari in Fiera.
Another new opera from Paesiello, Proserpina, was to be represented.
But one day this commendation of Paesiello was changed to the most stinging censure.
Paesiello, on his part, begged for the score of "Idomeneo" for his own study.
Paesiello, touched to the quick by the failure of Proserpina, resigned his position as leader, and left Paris to return to Italy.
This must be either Copolla's or Paesiello's opera, composed about that time.
Napoleon wept at a reading of Paul et Virginie, and delighted in the pallid music of Paesiello.
Mozart, whose judgment of Paesiello's light music was very favourable, 70 made friendly advances towards him.