Youthful Genius

Sunday, January 15, 2023, 5:00 PM at Alice Tully Hall
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The mind of the musical prodigy is a thing of wonder, and it is only through the music itself that we might sense something of the divine light that shone into them. Each composer here astounded equally as a child, carrying their extraordinary gifts onward through stellar careers. While the anecdotes of Mozart’s and Mendelssohn’s early talents are legendary, one is still shocked to hear that Saint-Saëns made his debut at age ten with concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, and Korngold’s ballet The Snowman was all the rage in Vienna when the composer was eleven.


  • Mozart Trio in E major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, K. 542 (1788)
  • Saint-Saëns Sonata No. 1 in C minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 32 (1872)
  • Korngold Four Pieces for Violin and Piano from the Incidental Music to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11 (1918-19)
  • Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 2 (1823)