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A Mozart Family Portrait from 1780

On this episode of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal highlights Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s solo piano works, some of which were composed when he was just 5-years-old. We hear moments from the tiny and amazing Gigue in G and the charming D Major Rondo, as well as his Fantasie in D minor performed on a fortepiano. 

In childhood Mozart was reportedly called "The Great Sponge." He was certainly the most fabled child prodigy in history, in everything, be it chess to math. He was the genius divine, but worked, without break, for his entirely short and tragic existence. Amadeus was a born natural, someone for which everything came easily – especially the piano.

Program playlist (all by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart):
Rondo in D K 485
Alicia De Larrocha
Philips

Menuett in F K1d
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Menuett in F K5
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Klavierstuck in B K9a (5b)
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

12 Variatrions in C, K 265 on "Ah, vois dirai-je, Maman"
Christoph Eschenbach
Philips

Piano Sonata in F, K 332: Adagio
Vladimir Horowitz
BMG Classics

Sonata No. 17 in B-flat Major, K 570: Allegretto
Heidi Lowry
Musical Heritage Society

Fantasie in D minor, K 397
Kristian Bezuidenhout
Fleur de son Classics

Piano Sonata in C, K 330: Allegro moderato
Leon Fleisher
Philips

Klavierstuck in A, K 15i-k
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Klavierstuck in F, K Anh.109b Nr.5 (15t)
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Gigue in G
Arthur Loesser
Marston Records

Klavierstuck in D minor, K15u
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings