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Wolfgang’s “Wunderkind” Sonatas Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Young Wolfgang A. Mozart was already composing keyboard music by the age of seven.  The Sonatas Vol. 1 (Wunderkind) were published by the end of February 1764 in Salzburg, when Wolfgang was eight years old.  Four sonatas were included: KV 6 and 7,  (called Opus 1 by the publisher) and KV 8 and 9, (called Opus 2 by the publisher).  The Sonatas Vol. 2 contains “The London Sonatas”, KV. 10-15, published as “Opus 3″  in March of 1765.  Sonatas Vol. 3 contains KV 26-31, written while the family was in The Hague, published in April of 1766 as “Opus 4″.  Note: “Wunderkind” means “wonder child”,  apt for a child prodigy!   These collections are on an early intermediate to intermediate level. The early sonatas are delightful to play.  It is interesting to note the progress of young Mozart’s maturity from Sonatas Vol. 1 to Sonatas Vol. 3.  Any one of these collections is a worthy addition to a pianist’s library.  If you would like to know more about these collections or other piano solo music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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