"if a few bars of music are quoted (as they are in Don Giovanni), and someone says 'That's from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro'"
'Don Juan and the statue of the Commander', Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard, (circa 1830-1835)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDon Giovanni meets his end, Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard, (circa 1830-1835) - Credit: Rama

    A reference to the finale of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's comic cautionary opera Don Giovanni (1787). As the doomed scoundrel enjoys a last, luxurious meal, his orchestra plays snatches of popular 18th-century music, including an aria from the composer's own previous work (See note to page 161).



Online recording of the aria from the Act I finale of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's  'The Marriage of Figaro', (1784)

Online recording from the Act II finale of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's  'Don Giovanni' (1784), which quotes the above's melody

Online text of Don Giovanni's libretto, by Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838)