Arranged and presented by Elizabeth Handley
Saturday - 25 May - 11h00
Leopold Mozart – Father of a Genius
Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (1719 – 1787) is best known as the father of the phenomenal child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus. But would we even have heard of him had he not produced this Wunderkind? Perhaps. He was a highly esteemed composer, teacher, and violinist in his own right, and enjoyed a reputation as a well-educated man of intellect and discernment during his lifetime. His violin Treatise won him considerable respect in teaching circles as a young adult and continues to serve as a scholarly source regarding 18th C performance practice today. But what about his own compositions?
In this lecture we find out more about this rather austere-looking figure, infamous for pushing his gifted children forward in the illustrious courts of Europe, using them as objects of display – and a source of income – often at the expense of their health – and certainly that of their childhood. We also know from copious surviving letters that he advised, cajoled and persevered endlessly to procure for his wayward son a good position in Europe, unfortunately to no avail. We explore his personality, his relationship with his children, and his remarkable career choices once he discovered their extraordinary talent.
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