New work by W A Mozart

It’s always exciting when a previously undiscovered work emerges especially when composed by a world-famous master composer. So when I heard that a new piano piece by W. A. Mozart had been found, I just had to blog about it!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Last Friday the BBC reported on  a newly uncovered composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which had been ‘found in a notebook in an attic’ by the music historian, Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider, from the institute for Tyrolean music research at Innsbruck University.

The attic apparently belonged to a band leader who lived ‘in the Lech Valley of the Austrian Tyrol’, and the notebook, dated 1780, had belonged to an Austrian born in 1765 named Johannes Reiserer. Reiserer sang in the Salzburg Cathedral’s Choir, which had famous musicians on the staff – including Mozart’s father leopold.

The work, Allegro Molto in C Major, is thought to have been written when the composer was about 11. The pianist who had the honour of premiering it was Florian Birsak, a specialist in historical performance practice, and the first performance took place on March 23rd 2012 at Mozart’s childhood home in Salzburg on the composer’s original piano. The Mozartian hallmarks are apparent from the very first phrase! Enjoy.

My publications:For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Lees says:

    Wow amazing, loved it and the history behind it! Only 11 years old. I know he wrote a symphony aged 8 and his first full scale Opera at 12. A true prodigy & genius (words often over used today)!

    1. Hi Chris, So glad you liked the piece – it’s amazing what Mozart wrote at such a young age. He really was a genius. I love the work – hope it will be published so we can all play it 🙂

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