The original manuscript of the known Sonata No. 11 in A Major (K.331) composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was thought to be lost, except for one page which is preserved in Salzburg.
But very recently, Balazs Mikusi, the head of the music collection of the Budapest’s National Szechenyi Library, found four of the pages in a dark corner of the said library. No one knows how it got there.
“When I first laid eyes upon the manuscript, the handwriting already looked suspiciously ‘Mozartish’. Then I started reading the notes, and realised it is the famous A Major sonata.. My heart rate shot up,” Mikusi told AFP.
The manuscript was shown in public at the National Szechenyi Library last Friday, 26th of September 2014. The sonata was played by Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltan Kocsis during the event. The original sonata have few differences from the version people knew, but at least now we get to hear how Mozart wanted it to be played.
“It won’t change our view on Mozart, and it doesn’t change the character of the music, but we got a lot better sense of what Mozart wanted to achieve,” said Mikusi.
*The A Major Sonata known to the world*