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The Master Musicians: Mozart$
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Julian Rushton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.001.0001

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Salzburg and the Grand Tour 1756–1769

Salzburg and the Grand Tour 1756–1769

(p.1) Chapter 1 Salzburg and the Grand Tour 1756–1769
The Master Musicians: Mozart

Julian Rushton

Oxford University Press

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756. Direct evidence of his urge towards composition comes in the form of early keyboard pieces, which his father Leopold helped him write down. As a performer Mozart was to be best known as a master of the keyboard, but he was also a violinist, and took singing lessons. He sang in public, with a small voice but with perfect taste, until his voice broke during the first visit to Italy when he was fourteen. He learned to understand wind instruments thoroughly, and his writing for them is among the most rewarding in the repertoire. His habit of consulting instrumentalists and singers about their capabilities was probably founded early, during the family's Grand Tour of Western Europe.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, childhood, composition, grand tour, Salzburg, keyboard

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