Mozart: The Child Prodigy in Salzburg

An oil painting of Mozart as a child.

An oil painting of Mozart, 6, dressed in a court costume given to him at the Imperial Court in Vienna. possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni/Cornell University, Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections hide caption

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Maria Anna Mozart

Mozart's sister is featured in the oil painting Maria Anna (Nannerl) Mozart as a Child. possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni/Cornell University, Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections hide caption

itoggle caption possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni/Cornell University, Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections

On January 27th, 2006, the world will mark the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth. That week, Performance Today will broadcast from Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, Austria. But the celebration begins today with a look at his early years as a prodigy working in the court of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg.

Renowned Mozart scholar Neal Zaslaw kicks off a weekly series of commentaries, stories and musical tributes to the classical composer. And we hear performances of three Mozart symphonies: Symphony No. 11 in D Major, Symphony No. 35, nicknamed the "Haffner," and the closing movement from the Symphony, K. 96.

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