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Sunday, August 02, 2009
New Mozart. I always find it interesting when musicologists announce they have a previously unknown work by a great composer. This typically happens in one of two ways: either someone finds sheet music that no one was aware of, or they study a known work and decide that it definitely/probably/maybe was written by someone famous.
Today's example is the latter. While preparing a facsimile edition of "Nannerl's Music Book" -- "Nannerl" being the nickname of W.A. Mozart's older sister Maria Anna -- an expert noticed two short compositions that were written in their father Leopold's hand, but were stylistically different from his works. They were previously unattributed, but he now believes they were written by Wolfgang at age seven or eight. (Not his first, in case you're wondering; those he composed at age five.)
As a New York Times blog explains:
Another expert, not directly involved, finds the new attribution "highly plausible" but doubts we'll ever know for sure.
You can listen to the piano piece and the concerto movement here.