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Mozart: The Child Prodigy in Salzburg

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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Fred Child
Fred Child is a commentator for NPR and the host of American Public Media's Performance Today.
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