Mozart piece worth $100,000 found in Nantes FranceSeptember 18th, 2008 - 9:02 pm ICT by David M N James
A French museum has discovered a unknown piece of music handwritten by Mozart. The discovery is an 18th century melody sketch. It is missing the harmony and instrumentation though it has been dubbed a very vital discovery by researchers..
Then researchers who were led by Ulrich Leisinger, who is head of research at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, said there is no doubt that the single sheet was written by the composer. The claim that this is an completely new piece and a new music piece.
On the new Mozart piece, Mozart’s handwriting is clearly visible quantifying that it is an original piece handwritten by Mozart. This Mozart piece is a preliminary draft of a musical composition. It was discovered by a library in Nantes in western France as staff.
Leisinger has said that “It’s a melody sketch so what’s missing is the harmony and the instrumentation but you can make sense out of it, the tune is complete. It’s only one part and not the whole score with eight or twelve parts. One can really get a feeling of what Mozart meant although we do not know how he would have orchestrated it.”
There have been about 10 Mozart finds of such importance over the past 50 years and the value of the new discovery would be high if sold. The library have assessed that the single sheet would likely be worth around $100,000.
Mozart who died in 1791 did not write it before 1787
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