We'll present the actual story behind the Grand
Mass in the online equivalent of an overture and three movements. (You
can watch the movie again if you want to, but it won't help you much.)
A new chapter will unfold on this website every two weeks or so throughout
November and December. If you subscribe to our free email
newsletter, you'll have the advantage of each chapter delivered right
to your inbox. The newsletter is not required to play or to win, but it
will help you stay at the top of your game.
there's no way we'll release any information you give us for any reason
without your express permission.
2. Along with each new chapter will be a short test of your knowledge
and insight into human nature. This means you need to understand not just
the events, but the motivations and mind-sets behind them. But fear not
the answers and insights are on-site.
3. Clicking on The Story Begins...
will bring you to the preface of the story. It's also how you get to the
Chapter pages. Other juicy tidbits can be found on the Who's
Who page, where we offer short personality profiles on the leading
characters. The Interactive Timeline visually
sequences the key events; clicking on an event jumps you straight to the
appropriate location in the narrative text. Pretty nifty, huh? And finally,
the Library catalogs the best Mozart books
and websites we've found thus far (the ones we used to research the story,
4. In each of the three game-entry quizzes, there are a number
of simple and more difficult questions to answer. 10 points will
be awarded for every correct answer to the simple questions; the harder
ones are worth 20 points apiece. The point value of each question
will be clearly indicated. A perfect score on each quiz will net you 100
5. Your quiz scores and running totals will be sent to you via
6. Now here's where it gets interesting: at the end of each quiz
will be an open-ended role-play question. Bonus points galore will
go to the three funniest answers. The entry deemed the funniest for
each of the separate chapter quizzes will get 100 points, second
funniest will get 50 points and third funniest will get 25 points.
7. Only entries received by January 8, 2003 will be eligible for
8. All bonus points will be awarded shortly after the January 8th
deadline for entries, at which time the winner will be announced. (Awarding
bonus points each month gives an unfair advantage to players who get into
the game early. This way everyone has a chance to become Pointmeister.
Besides, it keeps the suspense going.)
9. You can check the "Leader Board" by visiting The
Contestants page. We'll only refer to contestants by the initials
or nickname they chose to type into the entry form. We'll also be posting
some of the funnier responses we've gotten thus far to fire up your competitive
and creative juices.
10. You can play under multiple names if you like (or have nothing
better to do), but only one of you will win. So keep that in mind before
you humiliate all your other personalities they do get even, you
11. All decisions made by the Judge are final. Unless of course
his wife disagrees, at which time he'll appear to change his mind but
neglect to change the scoring.
12. In case of a tie score at the end of it all, the leading scorers
will arm wrestle for the tickets and the glory at the Starbucks inside
the Hartsdale train station (date and time to be determined). On second
let's just flip a coin instead.
13. No purchase or tax-deductible
donation is necessary to play and, if you're really good, win.
14. The winning entries will be published in the concert program
book and on this site. So, in the interest of good taste, we do ask that
you refrain from the scatological humor that Wolfgang held so dear.
15. Questions, comments or complaints should be directed by email
to the Judge who will do his darndest to get back to you quickly. The
address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing to it. Just remember one thing: if, believing you're destined
to become Pointmeister, you neglect to purchase
advance tickets, you may find yourself in Wolfgang's predicament -
empty-handed. Ticket sales are brisk. So while we applaud Mozartian self-confidence,
we would hate to see you miss this extraordinary event.