A previously unknown piano piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been discovered by a music historian in Austria, the Mozart Institute in Salzburg said on Friday.
Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider, from the institute for Tyrolean music research at Innsbruck University, came across the handwritten piece tucked inside a music book dating from 1780. The piece was handed over to a professional music copyist in Tyrol who identified the writing.
Experts at the Mozart Foundation confirmed to the Austrian Independent that the piece was written by a young Mozart. It is believed that he composed the piece in 1769, just before he embarked on a three-year trip to Italy at the age of 13.
The piece will be performed on March 23 in the Mozart house by Florian Birsak, a specialist in historical performance practice.
Herrmann-Schneider attracted attention in 1996 when she that discovered the true author of the "Toy Symphony" was not Michael Haydn or Mozart's father Leopold, but actually a Tyrolean Benedictine monk named Father Edmund Angerer.