Franz Xaver Mozart was W. A. Mozart’s youngest son. Intended for a career in music by his mother from the very beginning, he followed in his father’s footsteps but was not able to step out from under his shadow during his lifetime. In our edition in two volumes (Volume II, HN 959) we are publishing all of his piano works for two and three hands for the fi rst time. Volume I contains nine, in part very extensive variation cycles (one of them is a first publication), an expansive Fantasia in A major (also a fi rst publication) and the Sonata op. 10 with four movements. A cycle of variations for three hands brings the volume to an original close.
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Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (1791– 1844), who appeared before the public during his lifetime as “W. A. Mozart Son”, began his training as a pianist possibly as early as 1795 with Franz Xaver Duschek in Prague, but at the latest in 1798 with Johann Andreas Streicher in Vienna. He also took composition lessons with Sigismund Neukomm and Johann Georg Vogler. Following his … more
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Franz Xaver Mozart
Austrian composer and pianist. In addition to his compositions for piano (including concerti, sonatas, polonaises) he wrote song cycles, chamber music, and other things. His transcriptions of works by his father are important in the reception history of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
|1791||Born in Vienna on July 26, the youngest son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His mother Constanze set him on an early path toward a career in music. In Prague he receives his first piano lessons from Franz Xaver Niemetschek, and in Vienna he is taught by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Antonio Salieri, and Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, among others.|
|1802||His Piano Quartet in G minor, op. 1, is published.|
|1808–10||In Pidkamin, Galicia, near Lemberg (Lviv), he is appointed personal music teacher to the children of Count Baworowski.|
|from 1813||Works as a freelance composer and teacher.|
|1818||Genesis and publication of his Piano Concerto in E-flat major, op. 25.|
|1819–22||An extended artistic tour takes him through the metropolises of Europe, including Prague, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Berlin, Venice, and Salzburg.|
|1826||He founds the St Cecilia Choir of Lviv.|
|1838||Back in Vienna he gives concerts and teaches. Ernst Pauer is among his pupils.|
|1841||He is named honorary music director of the Salzburg Cathedral Music Society, and of the Mozarteum. His inaugural winter concert that year popularizes Chopin’s works in Vienna.|
|1842||He performs in Salzburg as part of ceremonies to consecrate the monument honoring his father.|
|1844||Dies in Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) on July 29.|
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But, be that as it may, this is an historically important publication and provides some good alternative material for older students.
De uitgave is prachtig verzorgd, met overzichtelijke informatie per opus.
Eine echte Entdeckung für den Unterricht.
Für gute Klavierspieler lohnen sich die Stücke allemal, denn ihre melodische Gefälligkeit, ihre formale Ordnung, ihr abwechslungsreiches Variationengefüge und eine nie extravagante, doch reizvoll ins Ohr fallende Harmonik werden nicht langweilig.
The publicity goes on say that as he was not primarily a virtuoso, so these works are also suitable for amateurs. Nonprofessional pianists will certainly enjoy and welcome these compositions to the repertoire, and they deserve to have due recognition. They are ideal for both perfoming and teaching purposes and will appeal to many.
Questa nuova edizione renderà in parte giustizia al "figlio di Amadeus".