Sunday, July 18, 2010
PBS "Classical Destinations" traces the boyhood of WA Mozart on Salzburg
WA Mozart was composing at age 3, and was a prodigy with the violin as well as piano, and began European tours in early childhood.
The show excerpted much of his music, including arias and the “big” G minor symphony (I like the little one).
The show lasted only 20 minutes in a 30 minute slot on Howard University PBS television.
It’s a good question when Mozart’s mature style had evolved, but certainly by about K300 he had (for example, the E-flat Sinfonia Concertante) reached his full expression of originality.
I received a present in college of a recording that included an early B-flat Cassation, I think it was K99. I’ve never warmed up to very early Mozart.
Here is the website for the program. The next episode is said to present Franz Schubert.
Here’s a YouTube of the show's theme song.