The Knock at the Door
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The New Complete Edition
Universal Classics, £275.00, October 2016
Having lost five children shortly after birth, Mozart’s parents had their new baby christened the morning after he was born on 27 January 1756. Leopold, Wolfgang’s father, was a composer and violinist who had recently self-published a violin primer which quickly became a standard text. His promotion to the position of deputy Kapellmeister in the court of Count Leopold Anton von Firmian, the prince-archbishop of Salzburg – he led the orchestra when the Kapellmeister was indisposed – had done little to satisfy him; it was another dead-end job. So he began to channel his musical ambitions through his son.
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