Two Works Attributed to Mozart, Age 7 or 8 Played (Video)

August 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — An Austrian pianist performed two newly discovered pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the first time in public on Sunday in Salzburg , on the original piano and in a house where the master composer once lived.  The music isn’t new, but the discovery that a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “almost certainly” composed it is a stunning revelation. Mozart likely wrote the two newly attributed pieces when he was 7 or 8 years old according to the The International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, with his father, Leopold, transcribing the notes as his son played them at the keyboard. The musical world is hailing it as Mozart’s missing link, that bridge the gap, between the composer’s very early works and his mature compositions. The childhood creations an extensive concerto movement and a fragmentary prelude, which are technically demanding and at times furiously paced provide yet more proof the Salzburg native was a true prodigy.  Mozart, who was born in 1756, began playing the keyboard at age 3 and composing at 5. By the time he died of rheumatic fever on Dec. 5, 1791, he had written more than 600 pieces.

Via: NY Times


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One Response to “Two Works Attributed to Mozart, Age 7 or 8 Played (Video)”

  1. Dan the Music Master on August 6th, 2009 9:23 am

    I’d love to get my hands on that score.

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