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Classical 101

Mozart Minute: Mozart Redux

Although Mozart never secured a professional musical appointment that was the sole support of himself and his family, he certainly did not go unnoticed. Even during his lifetime, Mozart set the standard for musical Europe.  Bonn court organist Christian Gottlob Neefe knew this.  In a notice he published in a Hamburg musical newspaper in March of 1783, and that has been reprinted in musicologist Maynard Solomon's Beethoven and elsewhere, he capitalized on Mozart’s well-known musical gifts to promote one of his own students.  "This healthy young man deserves support to enable him to travel," Neefe wrote.  "He would be sure to become a second Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart if he progressed as he has begun." In case you’re wondering, Neefe's student was the 12-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven.