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The Wrong Boat

On their way to Vienna, Amadeus and his sister Nannerl follow a troupe of actors and accidentally board the wrong ship. While their parents sail on the Danube towards Vienna, the two children enjoy their time aboard the pleasure boat. They cap off the performance of the acting troupe with their own musical accompaniment. Along the way, they help bring peace between an angry father and his daughter and future son-in-law. But will the Mozart siblings ever catch up with their parents' ship? The Music: "Sonata in C Major" K. 545; "Flute Quartet in D" K. 285; "Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in C" K. 190; et al. Additional Content: The Mozart family travels to Vienna in this episode. When they arrive in Passau at the river Donau, they board a ship instead of a coach. The trip from Salzburg to Vienna took several days, as traveling during that time was much more difficult and time-consuming. Monti shows how people traveled in the past.

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Never Kiss An Empress

The invitation to the imperial court still hasn't arrived. Money is short, and Devilius manipulates the innkeeper to demand the hotel bill from Amadeus' father, Leopold, in advance. Leopold has no other option but to return to Salzburg. Amadeus attempts to meet the Empress during a visit to the opera, without success. As the Mozarts make their way home in an oxcart, the invitation to the imperial court finally arrives! In a race against time, the misled innkeeper tries to reach the Mozarts to bring them back.

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The Bear Is Loose

Amadeus and his dog, Pumperl, fetch some medicine for Amadeus' sister Nannerl. On the way, Pumperl follows another dog and disappears. While Amadeus searches for Pumperl, he stumbles on a performing bear at the marketplace. He receives gold coins (ducats) from the crowd for his violin playing. Devillius, green with envy, devises a plan to catapult his nephew Mario into Amadeus' place. But Mario's fiddling instead causes the bear to flee through the alleys of Vienna. Eventually, Amadeus' violin playing prevents even worse mishaps. The Music: "Bassoon Concerto in B Major" K.

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The Broken Key

Amadeus, tired of practicing on a "silent piano" in his hotel room, is thrilled to learn that a grand piano sits in the ballroom for a "Russian Evening." While he secretly plays the piano, one of the keys breaks. Devilius wants to impress the Russian nobility and manages to put the pianist, due to perform that night, out of action. In the meantime, Amadeus and Nannerl, with the help of Pumperl, try to earn some money on the street so they can buy a new key from the piano maker. Can they pull it off in time for the special event? Who will perform that evening?

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Slippery When Wet

The empress invites the Mozarts to the imperial court again. The children persuade two of the hotel employees to pose as their parents (who can't be reached) and accompany them to the court. This leads to problems when the real parents hear about the invitation and rush to the palace. In the meantime, Amadeus and Nannerl enjoy sliding on the polished floors of the palace with Marie Antoinette, the empress' youngest daughter. Will Devilius stop another one of Amadeus' successes, or will he slip up? The Music: "Organ Fantasy in F Minor" K. 608; et al.

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Small Pox

Nannerl collapses during a concert at the palace, but no one knows why. When someone mentions smallpox, Devilius pretends to fall ill. Amadeus thinks the amulet Nannerl lost during the concert at the palace will help her regain her health and sneaks into the palace to look for it. Meanwhile, Devilius enjoys the attention he receives from his accomplices Mario and Monti. Does Nannerl really have smallpox? Will the amulet heal her? And will anyone discover Devilius' feigned sickness? The Music: "Violin Sonata in F" K. 376; "Menuett in D Major" K. 94; et al.

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The Secret of Ybbs

Princess Antoinette persuades Amadeus to uncover the secret of Ybbs, a nearby monastery. Amadeus convinces his parents to visit Ybbs on their way back home to Salzburg, where he immediately starts looking for the secret. Devilius and his gang get lost in a heavy snowfall and also end up at the monastery. They quietly creep around and cause confusion among the monks. The secret is finally revealed as a beautiful organ hidden behind a wall. Amadeus presents a small concert on the organ and Devilius, Monti and Mario flee from the monks in a mad rush - on the backs of two pigs!

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The Green Drops

Devilius believes Amadeus' musical talent stems from the green miracle drops his mother gives him. Devilius wants to get his hands on this special mixture, so he can give it to Mario and turn him into a real opponent to the child prodigy. Will the ever-devious Devilius pull it off? And, are the drops really what they seem? The Music: "Piano Concerto No. 9 in E Flat Major" K. 271; et al. Additional Content: Leopold the conductor is responsible for the correct and melodious playing of his orchestra.

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Shooting Stars

The children want to sled next to the river on a snowy winter day in Salzburg. Pumperl hops onto a piece of floating ice and drifts away. A dramatic rescue operation ensues with help from Mario and a few unpopular boys from the neighborhood. They eventually locate Pumperl with a telescope, which the Bishop later intends to use to view hundreds of shooting stars. The weather doesn't cooperate, but Amadeus once again enchants the assembled company with his music. The Music: "Piano Sonata in D" (Duernitz) K. 284; "Divertimento in D" K. 136; "Qui tollis" from the "C Minor Mass" K. 427; et al.

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The Choir of the Silent Sisters

The "Silent Sisters" cancel the Salzburg orphan boys choir performance at the annual harvest festival in the convent when a storm partially destroys the monastery. Amadeus and Nannerl plan to perform instead. Devilius, Mario and Monti turn up and put Amadeus out of action with a nasty trick so Mario can perform instead. In the end, Amadeus saves the convent from closure by forming a fantastic choir with the nuns, who break their vow of silence to sing along. The Music: "Missa brevis in C" (Sparrows' Mass) K. 257; et al.

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Breakfast Music

The cardinal, well-known for his inspection trips that usually end with demotions and transfers, is on his way to visit the Bishop of Salzburg, who is extremely agitated by the impending visit. To make matters worse, the cardinal arrives a day early and nothing is ready. Even the Bishop's choirboys are unprepared to perform. The cardinal mercilessly inspects the palace, terrifying the fearful Bishop. But, thanks to Amadeus' ingenuity, the Bishop stays, and Devilius won't succeed him. The Music: "Regina Coeli" K. 276; "Requiem" K. 625; et al.

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