If your mental image of Mozart equates with Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, you’re way off the mark. Mozart was a political subversive, a child of the Enlightenment, and a loyal freemason.
He was entirely educated by his father, Leopold. The elder Mozart corresponded with leading philosophers, and was a respected musical pedagogue. Little Mozart was a famous child star, an international celebrity of the keyboard starting at the age of 6. To imagine his popularity, think of the fame of young Michael Jackson or Shirley Temple, except the child Mozart was a universally acknowledged musical genius. He performed to audiences that included emperors, popes, and the nobility.
The overture is lively – a witty, carbonated delight. Enjoy this little pick-me-up, with Ricardo Muti conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker.