Young Mozart composes his first symphony


[In August, 1764] while our father lay dangerously ill," Mozart's sister Maria Anna later recalled, "we were forbidden to touch the piano. To occupy himself, Mozart composed his first symphony

[K16] for all the instruments of the orchestra."

The young composer was just eight years old.

[Until he was almost ten years old, Mozart had an intense phobia of horns. Merely pointing one in his direction terrified him as though it were a loaded pistol.]

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