Florian Birsak Performs Newly Discovered Mozart Piece For First Time In Composer's Austrian Home

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | March 24, 2012 5:57 AM EST

A newly discovered Mozart piece recently found in an attic in Austria was performed for the first time at his Salzburg home in Austria.

The piece was thought to have been composed in 1767 or 1768 when Mozart was just 10 years old. It was found in a 160 page handwritten notebook, thought to be written by Mozart's father, in an attic in Tyrol, Austria.

The four minute, 84-bar passage piece was performed at Mozart's childhood home on his original piano by Florian Birsak. The piece was entitled 'Del Signore Giovane Wolfgango Mozart' which is Italian for "Mr. Wolfgang Mozart Jr."

"It's not just anyone's piece, there is already a touch of the great Mozart he later became," said Birsak to BBC.

The newly found piece has "a series of components that are found repeatedly in other Mozart piano works," said the Mozarteum Salzburg Foundation, who hosted the event, in a statement. "Judging by the current level of knowledge, it thus has to be a genuine sonata phrase from Mozart."

This isn't the first Mozart piece to be discovered recently. In 2009 two pieces were found that are said to have been written by Mozart when he was seven or eight.

View video of the performance here

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