New Mozart Composition Found in French Library

A ‘melody sketch’ found in a French library has been verified as a previously unknown work by famed classical composer W. A. Mozart.

The piece is missing harmony and instrumentation, so it is difficult to know how Mozart would have orchestrated it, however, the tune is complete and its single sheet of music could be worth as much as $100,000.

A French museum has found a previously unknown piece of music handwritten by Mozart, a researcher said Thursday. The 18th century melody sketch is missing the harmony and instrumentation but was described as important find.

Ulrich Leisinger, head of research at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, said there is no doubt that the single sheet was written by the composer.

“This is absolutely new,” Leisinger said in a telephone interview. “We have new music here.”

“His handwriting is absolutely clearly identifiable,” he added. “There’s no doubt that this is an original piece handwritten by Mozart.”

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