Mozart in Verona
This oil painting by Saverio dalla Rosa was created in 1770 for the receiver-general
of Venice, Pietro Legiato. Mozart is 14 and wearing his favorite crimson
coat. He is seated at a harpsichord made by Giovanni Celestius in Venice,
1583. The music on the stand, marked "molto allegro," is all
that is known of the piano sonata K. 72a.
The close-up of Mozart’s hand, if an accurate depiction
of his playing style, reveals a piano technique quite different from that
which modern performers use today. Note how high his hand is above the
keys, playing with the tip of his fingers.
[top] Wolfgang at Verona. Oil painting by Saverio
della Rosa, Verona, 6-7 January 1770. [bottom] detail. Private Collection
(Alfred Cortot, Lausanne).
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