Desperately Seeking Mozart

The name Mozart is one of the most powerful commercial brands on the planet.

Since his birth 250 years ago this week, he has been the subject of endless mythologising in historical accounts, biographies, plays, novels and films.

But is it possible to uncover the real Wolfgang Amadeus? Who is the Mozart who emerges in the 21st Century? A prodigiously clever, chaotic, and infantile composer or a deeper, more considered artist, managing a successful freelance career? And could the truth help us to listen to Mozart's music with fresh and innocent ears?

Paul Robertson sets out in search of the real Mozart, speaking to academics who have dedicated their life's work to paring away the mythology, as well as brain scientists, child psychologists and performers.

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Mozart is one of the most mythologised composers in musical history, his name one of the biggest brands on the planet.

Even while Mozart was still alive, myths formed around him - about his character, his extraordinary prodigiousness and, above all, his early death.

But who was the real Mozart? In this Sunday Feature, repeated from 2006, Professor Paul Robertson, leading Mozart specialists, and experts in brain science, try to find out.

Professor Paul Robertson sets out in search of the real Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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The name Mozart is one of the most powerful commercial brands on the planet.

Since his birth 250 years ago this week, he has been the subject of endless mythologising in historical accounts, biographies, plays, novels and films.

But is it possible to uncover the real Wolfgang Amadeus? Who is the Mozart who emerges in the 21st Century? A prodigiously clever, chaotic, and infantile composer or a deeper, more considered artist, managing a successful freelance career? And could the truth help us to listen to Mozart's music with fresh and innocent ears?

Paul Robertson sets out in search of the real Mozart, speaking to academics who have dedicated their life's work to paring away the mythology, as well as brain scientists, child psychologists and performers.