Lost Mozart work found

By David Ferguson
Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:58 EDT
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For centuries it has lain lost and abandoned in a notebook, but now scholars have unearthed what they believe to be a composition by an 11-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  It was performed on Friday, March 24 in Mozart’s old apartment in Salzburg, Austria, on his own pianoforte.

The little song fragment is simply labelled “allegro molto” or “very quick” and, while it is one of his earliest known original works, musicologists who have studied the piece say that it is undoubtedly Mozart.

Florian Birsak, the harpsichordist who performed the piece on Friday said that it’s clearly an early work, but that one can already sense the “little details” that foreshadow the unfolding of the composer’s genius.

Watch this video, which aired this morning, March 24, on CBS, below:

Also, enjoy the entirety of Mozart’s ‘Allegro molto in C,’ performed by Florian Birsak and embedded via the blog The Chronicles of a Modern Mozartian, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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