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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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Works by an ‘almost supernatural talent’ 1

Works by an ‘almost supernatural talent’ 1

(p.14) Chapter 2 Works by an ‘almost supernatural talent’1
The Master Musicians: Mozart

Julian Rushton

Oxford University Press

Mozart's precocity was first evident in keyboard playing and sight-reading, then in improvisation and composition. Composition, indeed, began with improvisation, followed by repetition to fix pieces sufficiently for his father to take them down. He was quick to assimilate, and over the years honed his techniques to enable him to compose with remarkable speed and accuracy where musical grammar was concerned. Music written before the first Italian journey shows his natural ability in compelling notes to do his will, accompanied by a surprising degree of imaginative empathy with texts in vocal music.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composition, improvisation

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