Mozart's Job Hunting Dilemma

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Listen: Hear the Dominicus Mass, K. 66

Listen: Hear the Piano Sonata in B-flat, K. 281, Excerpts from the Serenata 'Ascanio in Alba,' and Dances from 'Les Petits Riens'

Listen: Hear the G minor Symphony, No. 40

Mozart's attempt at job-hunting in Vienna included his Dominicus Mass, K. 66 that was performed in Vienna's Jesuits Church. He left Vienna empty-handed, but the music remains. The Arnold Schoenberg Choir and the Vienna Concentus Musicus are conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt in the "Qui Tollis" and the "Sanctus" from that Mass.

Mozart twiddled his thumbs in Munich by writing the Piano Sonata in B-flat, K. 281. Noriko Ogawa performs the piece at the Piano Festival Northwest. Then we hear excerpts from his Serenata "Ascanio in Alba," written for the Duke of Milan, and recorded by the Mozarteum Orchestra and Salzburg Chamber Choir. Two dances from the ballet "Les Petits Riens," that he wrote in Paris are performed in Warsaw by the students at the International Summer Academy of Early Music.

Mozart's last years in Vienna were the biggest paradox of all. His music was beyond anything that had ever been written, but he couldn't make enough money to live on. Here's his famous G minor Symphony, No. 40, played in Kiel, Germany, by the Polish Chamber Orchestra. Jacek Kaspszyk conducts.

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