This is the first piece that Mozart ever wrote… when he was FIVE years old

18 August 2016, 11:56

mozart's first composition

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first ever composition was a dainty and balanced little Minuet and Trio in G major… and it’s way better than anything by a five-year-old should be.

We all know that Mozart was a prodigy - but just how early did he start showing signs that he was better than your average child genius?

His first documented composition, a Minuet and Trio in G major, is listed as KV 1 (he eventually made it all the way up to KV 626, his Requiem) and was composed when he was just five years old.

Perhaps you’d expect it to be rudimentary, but no: it’s annoyingly excellent - strong melody, architecturally sound, charming harmonies… listen for yourself:

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