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27.01.2021 18:00 (CET)

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Seong-Jin Cho and Rolando Villazón present Mozart World Premiere and lecture recital

What better way to celebrate Mozart’s birthday than with the world premiere of one of his compositions? Seong-Jin Cho is set to do just that in the Great Hall of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, which is also the opening day of the Foundation’s first virtual Mozartwoche festival. The acclaimed pianist’s performance of the recently rediscovered Allegro in D K626b/16 will be streamed in the context of a full piano and lecture recital including other works by Mozart.

“The world premiere of the Allegro in D is the icing on the birthday cake for our beloved Mozart.” comments Rolando Villazón, Artistic Director of the Mozartwoche. “I am thrilled it will be presented by the outstanding pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who has such a marvellous feeling for the tender humanity of Mozart’s melodies. Mozart’s music brings us solace in difficult times and is the shining light that lets us look forward to the time when audiences and performers will be able to meet again. For now, we have the chance to share the Mozartwoche experience online and witness a special moment in music history with this world premiere.”



The Allegro in D K626b/16, preserved on both sides of a single manuscript sheet in Mozart’s hand, probably dates from early 1773, completed towards the end of its seventeen-year-old composer’s third tour of Italy or soon after his return home to Salzburg. The score appears to have passed from the estate of the composer’s youngest son into the collection of Austrian civil servant and amateur musician Aloys Fuchs and then been given away soon after, perhaps by mistake. Owned in the late 1800s by an antiquarian book and art dealer in Vienna, it was brought to auction following his death in 1899. Its existence was noted in the third and subsequent editions of Köchel’s catalogue of the composer’s works, but the work escaped scholarly scrutiny despite having been presented at auction several times between 1900 and 1928.


concert programme:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, KV 332
Piece in F for keyboard, KV 33B
Allegro for a piano sonata in C major, KV deest
Allegro for a piano sonata in D, KV626b/16


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