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Desperately Seeking Mozart

Professor Paul Robertson sets out in search of the real Wolfgang Amadeus, speaking to academics, brain scientists, child psychologists and performers.

Mozart is one of the most mythologised composers in musical history, his name one of the biggest brands on the planet. Even while Mozart was still alive, myths formed around him - about his character, his extraordinary prodigiousness and, above all, his early death. But who was the real Mozart? In this Sunday Feature, repeated from 2006, Professor Paul Robertson, leading Mozart specialists, and experts in brain science, try to find out.

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