How did Mozart Compose?
In the 1790s Constanze Mozart made a fateful decision about her late husband's musical manuscripts: those containing sketches or drafts of unrealized works would be kept for possible completion by others, while those containing sketches or drafts of completed works could be discarded. Nonetheless, enough sketch leaves of various sorts survive to enable us to see that, although Mozart never sketched to the extent that, for instance, Beethoven did, he used sketches in various ways throughout his career.
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