Leopold Mozart  
Leopold Mozart

Leopold Mozart, about 1765.
Portrait in oils attributed to Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni
Leopold Mozart, in full Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (born Nov. 14, 1719, Augsburg [Germany]—died May 28, 1787, Salzburg, Archbishopric of Salzburg [Austria]), Austrian violinist, teacher, and composer, the father and principal teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Leopold Mozart became a violinist at the court of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg and rose through the orchestra’s ranks to become court composer (1757) and (1762) vice chapelmaster. His treatise setting forth his method of teaching, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule (A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing), coincidentally published in 1756, the year of Wolfgang’s birth, was long a standard text and was widely reprinted and translated. Among his musical compositions are concerti for various instruments, symphonies, and other pieces.

In 1763 he began the first of many triumphant and highly publicized exhibitions of his two talented children (the other five of his seven children did not survive infancy): Maria Anna (Nannerl; 1751–1829), an accomplished clavierist, and the precocious genius Wolfgang Amadeus, who, at age six, performed his own and others’ works on several instruments, improvised, and played at sight difficult, unfamiliar compositions. Although often criticized for exploiting his son and commercializing his talents, Leopold Mozart sincerely felt it was his God-given obligation to develop such abilities and to exhibit them to the world. Some of the extensive correspondence of father and son is contained in The Letters of Mozart and His Family (1963), by E. Anderson.

Leopold Mozart’s obsessional relationship to his son has been the subject of much speculation. His troubled relationship with his own birth family; the traceable (and scarcely benign) imprint of his obsession on Wolfgang’s personality, career choices, and music; and the peculiar arrangement by which he undertook to raise his daughter’s son (also named Leopold), as if to compensate for his own son’s “betrayal,” combine to make this a particularly dark subject. Certainly, in Leopold’s final decade he did much to undermine the enormous support and benefit that flowed to him as a result of his dedication to Wolfgang’s early training.

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The Mozart family on tour: Leopold, Wolfgang,
and Nannerl. Watercolor by Carmontelle, ca. 1763
Leopold Mozart Symphonies Slovak Chamber Orchestra
CD 1
Symphony in F (Eisen F 6) [9'14] 0:00-9:14
Symphony in F (Eisen F 2) [16'01] 9:14-25:17
Symphony in A (Eisen A 1) [12'10] 25:17-37:35
Symphony in D (Eisen D 18) [8'06] 37:35-46:36
CD 2
Symphony in G (Eisen G 5) [14'23] 46:36-1:00:02
Symphony in G (Eisen G 7) [15'01] 1:00:02-1:15:04
Symphony in D (Eisen D 26) [12'36] 1:15:04-1:27:39

Slovak Chamber Orchestra
Bohdan Warchal, conductor

1 - Intrada Molto Allegro
2 - Andante
3 - Menuetto
4 - Andante ( Trompette solo )
5 - Allegro moderato ( Trompette solo )
6 - Adagio ( Trombone solo )
7 - Menuetto ( Trombone solo )
8 - Allegro ( Trombone solo )
9 - Presto

Thierry CAENS, trompettte
Michel BECQUET, trombone
Orchestre de chambre national de Toulouse
Direction Alain MOGLIA

Leopold Mozart - Musikalische Schlittenfahrt / Musical Sleigh Ride
Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) - Franz-Theodor Cursch Bühren (1859-1908)
Musikalische Schlittenfahrt - Musical Sleigh Ride - Zenés szánkózás
Sinfonie für Kinder - Symphony for Children - Szimfónia gyerekeknek

00:00 Allegro maestoso (Intrada/Bevezetés)
01:06 Allegretto (Schlittenfahrt/Szánkózás)
03:12 Andante molto (Das vor Kälte zitternde Frauenzimmer/A hidegtől reszkető fehérnép)
06:16 Minuetto (Des Balles Anfang/A bál kezdete)
08:50 Rondo (Der letzter Tanz/Utolsó tánc)
10:00 Allegretto (Schlittenfahrt/Szánkózás)
11:02 Allegro (Kehraus/Visszatérés)
11:51 Presto (Deutscher Tanz I./Német tánc I.)
12:34 Presto (Deutscher Tanz II./Német tánc II.)
13:06 Allegro (Kehraus/Visszatérés)
13:32 Allegretto (Schlittenfahrt/Szánkózás)

Recording from radio(station), approximative in 1980

Leopold Mozart Sinfonia di caccia in G major for 4 Horns and String Orchestra
1. Vivace
2. Andante piu tosto und poco Allegretto
3. Menuet
4. Vivace

Zdeněk & Bedřich Tylšar French Horns
Zdeně Divoký French Horn
Rudolf Beránek French Horn

Slovak Chamber Orchestra
Bohdan Warchal Conductor

Recorded in Church in Trenčianske Bohuslavice, Slovakia, 1983

The brothers Bedrich and Zdenek Tylsar was the leading exponents of a long Czech tradition of French horn-playing. Both graduated at the Janacek Academy of Musical Arts and after winning several prizes in prestigious competitions in Europe became members of the acclaimed Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Their repertoire comprises a wide range of works from Telemann, Haydn and Mozart to contemporary music. They also have a special interest in Czech music by composers such as Rosetti and Reicha
Zdenek Tylsar died in 2006.

Leopold Mozart - Toy Symphony
Leopold Mozart - Sleigh Rides
LEOPOLD MOZART ( 1719-1787 ) - CONCERTO POUR COR - André Cazalet
Concerto pour cor
Orchestre de chambre national de Toulouse
Direction Alain MOGLIA
La symphonie des jouets Leopold Mozart.
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