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As was widely reported this weekend, there was a world premiere in Salzburg of two hitherto-unknown works by the very young Mozart (well -- possibly, probably by the very young Mozart), unearthed at the back of one of his sister’s sketchbooks in the Mozart archive in Salzburg. I’ve already noted in a previous post the ongoing enthusiasm for world premieres by composers of the classical canon; add this Mozart discovery to the list as something that’s tacitly pitched to the popular imagination as a rediscovered masterpiece. (At four minutes and one minute respectively, the two new pieces have just about the right duration to catch the attention of the iPod crowd [myself included]). The musicologist Florian Birsak performed them for an audience of the press; the public has to wait to hear them until Salzburg’s Mozart Week in January.
In related news (as I see it), I just got an announcement of the forthcoming premiere and recording "new Brahms work": a version of the violin concerto transcribed for piano. Dejan Lazic, who made the transcription, will perform it in Atlanta with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano on October 1-3, and it will subsequently be released on CD. (The piece will have its European premiere with the BBC Orchestra in January.)
And in more related news: a hitherto unknown Schumann sketch for a fourth piano sonata has been unveiled -- though the website of the pianist Frederick Moyer, who performs it and has made the manuscript available digitally, is no longer responding. Perhaps the server was broken by the hordes of Schumann fans trying to log on.
(I'm leaving the link up in the hopes that it will revive in due course.)
EDITED TO ADD: The website's back: here's a link taking you directly to the Schumann page.
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