Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Original Mozart sheet music found in charity shop

9th June 2011

An original piece of sheet music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, written when he was just eight years old, has been found in a charity shop in Reading.

The booklet, containing six sonatas for the harpsichord, was written by Mozart during a visit to London in 1765 and dedicated to Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.

Oxfam volunteer and musician Elestr Lee spotted the inscription – written in French – and the signature beneath and immediately realised the potential value of the booklet.

It was due to be auctioned alongside 190 other musical items at Sotheby's in London yesterday (June 8th), but Oxfam withdrew the item after a woman claiming to be the owner contacted the organisation.

Dr Simon Maguire, senior specialist in printed and manuscript music at Sotheby's, told the BBC the music was one of the first things Mozart composed when touring England as part of his Grand Tour as an infant prodigy and is definitely genuine.

'I only know of one other copy quite like this. The paper is genuine 18th-century paper. It's from having seen other similar copies that we can identify this as one that is not a fake,' he explained.

Latest Blog
Read an extract from Lucinda Hawksley's The Writer Abroad
23/02/2017

Read an extract from Lucinda Hawksley's The Writer Abroad

#FoylesFive: Making Movies
22/02/2017

Magdalena from our Birmingham branch has a selection of books for all you budding film makers out there.

Matthew Blakstad on Why He Loves Paper
22/02/2017

Matthew's writing looks at the ways technology is changing our experience of the world – and of each other. Yet in spite of his fascination with tech, he still prefers reading on paper. Here’s why.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd