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Salzburg in tune with Mozart's 2 new works

THE huge musical puzzle that is Mozart is about to be expanded by two tiny -- but potentially important -- pieces.

More than two centuries after his death, the legendary composer is in focus this weekend as the world gets its first earful of two previously unknown -- but recently discovered -- works by the popular prodigy.

The venue is Salzburg, Amadeus' birthplace and the city that nurtured his early musical career. The International Mozarteum Foundation will officially unveil the piano pieces at a presentation tomorrow that will feature a live performance by Austrian pianist Florian Birsak.

Austrian officials, protecting the works like state secrets after officially announcing their discovery last week, have said only that they were created by a young Mozart and are contained in a manuscript owned by the Mozarteum for more than 100 years.

"These are two substantial pieces of piano music, composed before Mozart's 10th birthday," Ulrich Leisinger, the Mozarteum's head of research, said in an e-mail.

They were identified as part of a larger investigation of the foundation's Mozart-related materials that include letters and documents, but also more than a hundred music manuscripts -- some in his hand, others transcribed by contemporaries.

The foundation, established in 1880 and a prime source for Mozart-related matters, seeks to preserve the composer's heritage and find new approaches for analyzing him.

Posthumous discoveries of Mozart pieces are rare -- but not unheard of.

In September, Leisinger announced that a French library had found another previously unknown piece of music handwritten by Mozart.

That work, described as the preliminary draft of a musical composition, was found in Nantes in western France as library staff members were going through its archives. Leisinger says the library contacted his foundation for help authenticating the work.

There have been up to 10 Mozart discoveries of such importance over the past 50 years, Leisinger said then.

Still, experts are fascinated by news of the find.

The Juilliard School's L Michael Griffel called it "very exciting" and a "thrill for intellectuals."

Mozart, born in Salzburg, lived from 1756 to 1791.

He played piano from an early age, began composing music when he was five, and eventually created more than 600 musical works.


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