Music: Rough Year for Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 200 years ago come next Jan. 27, in Salzburg. At seven, he was examined by a scientifically inclined Englishman who published his findings about the "amazing and incredible" boy. But despite early promise Mozart died (at 35) leaving the world largely unappreciative of his 600-odd compositions and his towering stature as composer.-In 1956, practically every musical organization from Valparaiso to Vienna will stage some kind of commemoration, aware that the 20th century cannot produce a genuine allegro of its own.

Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera will mount a newly designed production of The Magic Flute for its sole contribution;...

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