On January 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born is Salzburg, Austria. Within six years, he would be performing before the Austrian empress. Within thirty-five years — the span of his musical miracle of a life — he would compose a continent of music so astounding that it struck even his contemporaries as something like divine.
After Bach, before Beethoven, Mozart — the prodigy, the genius, the miracle-worker who was said to “shake music out of his sleeves” — was Europe’s exuberant musical wunderkind.
Tomorrow marks the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. Today, we celebrate and investigate his musical miracle with acclaimed pianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin.
Robert Levin, concert pianist, he has performed throughout Europe and the United States. As a Mozart scholar, he has completed many of Mozart’s unfinished works, including Mozart’s “Requiem.” Levin is professor of music at Harvard University.