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Friday 27 January 2023 – The Amadeus Myth: Piecing together the Real Mozart

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett

“A miracle which God let be born in Salzburg” is Leopold Mozart’s assessment of his enormously gifted son Wolfgang Amadeus who conquered Europe as a child prodigy and took classical music to new heights in the Vienna of the 1780s. Yet Mozart died tragically young at just 35, impoverished and underappreciated, while writing a Requiem that had been commissioned from on condition of absolute secrecy. In this illustrated talk, featuring recorded musical examples and contemporary portraits, Sandy strips away some of the myths to piece together the real Mozart and celebrate his extraordinary legacy.