Composer of the Week: Mozart

Mozart Performs at Court

Episode 1 Mozart Performs at Court



Donald Macleod explores the relationship between composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Austrian emperor Joseph II, beginning by examining their early encounters. In 1762, when he was only six, Mozart performed for Empress Maria Theresa and her son Joseph was also present. Mozart's next imperial visit was in 1767, but his reception then was less promising. Joseph however suggested that Mozart might like to compose and conduct an opera. Mozart worked hard to court the favour of the future emperor, but he also realised that Joseph's tastes in music were severely lacking. Mozart. Minuet in G K1. Dejan Lazic (piano). Symphony No 7 in D K45. English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor) . Missa Solemnis in C minor K139 (Credo). Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, RIAS Kammerkor, Marcus Creed (conductor). Sonata for two pianos in D K448. Martha Argerich (piano), Daniel Barenboim (piano).

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Michael Surcombe