Featured Album: Mozart Dedicated to Haydn

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Mozart acknowledged how difficult writing for string quartet could be when he dedicated a set to the father of the nascent genre, Joseph Haydn, saying “They are…the fruit of a long and laborious study.” Haydn had created the “string quartet” about 30 years before Mozart’s work in the genre, and others (including Ignaz Pleyel in 1784) had paid similar homage to Papa Haydn.

Our Featured Album this week is Cuarteto Casals playing three of the six quartets dedicated to Haydn, by Mozart. casals quartet cover Sample some of Cuarteto Casals’ earlier recordings of Mozart here:

Mozart’s Unique Quintet

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Have you ever created something unique? That’s what Mozart did when he wrote his quintet for piano and woodwinds. It was the first ever quintet that featured those instruments in a group. It became so popular that Ludwig van Beethoven wrote one of his own, with the same instruments, same number of movements and even similar tempos in each movement. (Watch a full performance below)

Mozart himself knew it was something special. In a letter to his father Mozart wrote, ” I have written…a quintet which has been exceptionally well received; – I myself consider it the best thing I have ever written in my life.” Strong words from a master composer!

Lost Mozart Works Discovered

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Via Reiter’s News Service:

Twenty pieces of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have been discovered 220 years after he died.

The Vienna-based International Mozart Academy said yesterday that the compositions have been identified as works composed by Mozart in the year before his death. The works include 2 complete symphonies, a 28th piano concerto, a Masonic hymn, songs, and an opera based on the play The Stolen Kiss by Pierre Beaumarchais.

Mozart, who was born in Salzburg, lived from 1756 to 1791. He played the piano from an early age and began composing when he was five. He eventually created more than 600 works, including operas, chamber music, orchestral works and choral pieces.

You can listen to the finale to the Piano Concerto No. 28 in A major here.

Louisville Orchestra Mozart Soloists

This Saturday, March 15th at the Brown Theatre, the Louisville Orchestra will play an all-Mozart concert led by Tito Muñoz and featuring soloists from within the orchestra. Concertmaster Michael Davis and principal horn John Gustely sat down with Alan Brandt to talk about the concert and their roles in the orchestra.

Mozart Festival

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The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation was formed in the late 1800s to further the study of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and work. In 1956, the Foundation began presenting concerts in a yearly festival that begins on December 5 (the anniversary of Mozart’s death) with the Requiem. During our week-long broadcast of The Mozart Festival you’ll hear highlights from the year’s festival, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes features that take you for a close-up look at original manuscripts and letters by Mozart, for a visit to a café frequented by the Mozart family, and a revealing look at original portraits of Mozart. Join The Mozart Festival this week at 8pm.