This is a story about an often overlooked part of the late 18th century composers' circle, whose work had a profound influence on the evolution of classical music. The keyboard music of eighteenth-century female composers is not generally known. But their exciting and challenging works played an important role in shaping the musical landscape of the time. At the end of the 18th century, the rise of the piano, with its solo role in concertos and sonatas, was accompanied by the rise of female pianist-composers. Some of the best performing musicians were women. The heart of musical life was the salon, where the brilliant minds of the time, including philosophers, musicians and artists, gathered. Women have often been the performing musicians in the salon and in this way they have had a great impact on music, literary and art circles. Music by Mozart's student and co-performer Josephine Barbara Aurnhammer, blind composer and piano virtuoso Maria Theresia von Paradis, Margarethe Danzi and Marianna Auenbrugger.
On the road to Mozart
In this program we travel to the time when Mozart lived to discover which composers have shaped and influenced his musical style.
Although Mozart's music is an expression of his genius, his music is by no means an isolated phenomenon, bu closely linked to the ideas and currents of his time.
He lived in a stormy and changeable time, where the ideas of the Enlightenment were the dominant and the so called 'Empfindsamkeit' emerged as a countercurrent. Over time, the 'Emfindsamkeit' turned into the 'Sturm und Drang' flow. These combative characteristics are therefore reflected in Mozart's music.