When is a young man really a young woman?

The world of classical music is no exception when it comes to a good mystery. “Cherchez la femme,” said Alexandre Dumas, in his novel Les Mohicans de Paris (1854), words taken to heart in the search to reveal the identity of Mozart’s “jeunehomme”. Continue reading When is a young man really a young woman?

A Mozartian pilgrimage (Vienna)

The day after Mozart died on 5 December 1791, his funeral took place in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, and his body was removed for burial to St Marx’s cemetery in a nearby suburb. No one cared to see or, later, to find out the last resting place of music’s greatest genius. Continue reading A Mozartian pilgrimage (Vienna)

A Mozartian pilgrimage (Prague)

It is 255 years since the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and 220 years since his death. BBC’s Radio 3 began the New Year with 12 days of wall-to-wall Köchel numbers. Not to be outdone, here is my own small tribute to the genius of Salzburg. Continue reading A Mozartian pilgrimage (Prague)