Mozart sonata found in attic

Mozart sonata found in attic

The musicologist Hildegard Herrmann-Shneider, found a unknown sonata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the attic of a conductor's house in the Lech Valley in Tyrol, Austria. The orchestra director had an extensive music collection, so after her death, Dr. Herrmann-Schneider, from the Innsbruck Institute for Music Research, was hired to make an inventory and assess the collection.

Mozart's sonata found

Identified a number of manuscripts and scores printed from the end of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century. One of the objects that caught his attention was a handwritten music notebook with piano music labeled as'Johannes Reiserer, Sterzing 1780'On the back cover. It contains about 160 pages of music, works copied from composers in the area or nearby places (Northern Italy, Austria, Bavaria), who wrote them around 1780. Each work is labeled with the name of the composer and his professionprecisely.

On pages 12-14, there is a sonata called 'Allegro molto ’ and is attributed to ‘By Signore Giovane Wolfgango Mozart', meaning 'From young lord Wolfgang Mozart ’. The job not listed in Koechel's catalog, the authority directory of Mozart's music, as well as has not been documented in correspondence or other writings of the area. Dr. Herrmann-Schneider knew she was written under the hand of Mozart or his father Leopold, but many musical pieces by Leopold Mozart are also in the book and are attributed to him as'From Signore Mozart '(From Mr. Mozart).

The attribution of the authorship of the work to the father gives some credibility to the attribution of the son, and the peculiar 'Wolfgango', Suggests a connection to Leopold Mozart. Leopold called his son personally as'Wolfgango’When writing author notes in two handwritten minuets by Wolfgang and on the front page of the London Notebook of 1764, as well as other authors closely related to Leopold in 1760.

Dr. Herrmann-Schneider investigated Johannes Reiserer, the name of the title page, and found a Johannes Reiserer who was born in 1765 in Tirol. The son of a doctor, young Johannes went to the school in Salzburg, where he sang in the city cathedral choir between 1778 and 1780. He was at the Kapellhaus (a residence for boys who sang in the Salzburg cathedral choir) where there was famous composers and musicians. One of them was Leopold Mozart.

Researchers have concluded that Johannes Reiserer used the notebook to copy the compositions as part of a rigorous program of music instruction of the Kapellhaus music teachers, perhaps Leopold himself. The attribution of the sonata to Young Wolfgango, therefore, seems pretty solid.

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