From the movie “Amadeus”
EMPEROR: Well, Herr Mozart! A good effort. Decidedly that. An excellent effort! You’ve shown us something quite new today.
[Mozart bows frantically: he is over-excited.]
MOZART: It is new, it is, isn’t it, Sire?
EMPEROR: Yes, indeed.
MOZART: So then you like it? You really like it, Your Majesty?
**EMPEROR: 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?
EMPEROR: Well, I mean occasionally it seems to have, how shall one say? [he stops in difficulty; turning to Orsini-Rosenberg] How shall one say, Director?
ORSINI-ROSENBERG: Too many notes, Your Majesty?
**EMPEROR: 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. **
EMPEROR: 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.
MOZART: But this is absurd!
EMPEROR: My dear, young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. **And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Cut a few and it will be perfect. **
**MOZART (desperately): Which few did you have in mind, Majesty? **
EMPEROR (dismissively): Well. There it is.