Young Mozart is now beginning to be internationally recognized for his musical talents apart from his father Leopold. In 1770 Wolfgang was awarded the “Order of the Golden Spur” by Pope Clement XIV, which effectively, was an honorary knighthood. In 1771, while touring Italy, Wolfgang was honored by Milan’s musical elite for his exceptional work.
The 3 Divertimentos in this broadcast were composed in rapid succession and are sometimes referred to as the 3 Salzburg symphonies. These 3 compositions were not named by young Mozart and it is not known who actually penned the titles of divertimento.
Mozart was clearly in great demand and was commissioned to compose works for dinner parties, receptions, and any number of private or civic gatherings. While the commissions kept rolling in, astounding music flowed freely from Mozart’s quill.
Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Divertimento in B-flat Major, K. 137
Divertimento in F Major, K. 138
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