Mozart's piano composition 'uncovered'

London: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed over 600 works in his lifetime, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, operatic, and choral music. Now, a piano piece, believed to have been written when he was 10, has been uncovered in Austria.

The piece, thought to have been composed in 1767 or 1768, was found in a notebook in an attic. And, researchers recently determined there was strong evidence Allegro Molto is a Mozart composition. It was transcribed into a notebook bearing name Del Signore Giovane Wolfgango Mozart.


Although the music was not written in the hand of Mozart or his father Leopold, historians at Salzburg's Mozarteum foundation strongly believe it is by the burgeoning composer, the BBC reported.

Music expert Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider said Leopold Mozart used this name when writing down his son's name. The 160-page handwritten notebook, dated 1780, also contained musical works written by Mozart's father.

Austrian musician Florian Birsak said: "It's not just anyone's piece, there is already a touch of the great Mozart he later became."


Published Date: Mar 24, 2012 15:36 PM | Updated Date: Mar 24, 2012 15:36 PM