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Paul Allen Sommerfeld, Ph.D., Music Reference Specialist, Music Division
Created: December 21, 2020
Last Updated: July 16, 2021
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) began composing at the age of five. With his prodigious ability, he soon began composing and performing for royalty throughout all of Europe. Despite his death at age 35, he composed over 600 works in almost every genre of his time, including symphonies, operas, concertos, and chamber music. He is considered one of the most well-known and influential composers of Western classical music, and was particularly influential on the young composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Performing Arts Reading Room provides access to the Music Division's primary and secondary resources related to Mozart. These materials include music manuscripts, facsimiles, first and early editions of music scores, critical editions, scholarly literature on Mozart, correspondence, special collections, opera libretti, iconography, and access to a variety of subscription databases.
One of the most significant composers of the 19th century, Ludwig van Beethoven is well represented in the print, manuscript, and digital collections of the Library’s Music Division.
About the Performing Arts Reading Room
The Performing Arts Reading Room is the access point for the collections in the custody of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 20.5 million items and spanning more than 1000 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts, iconography, microforms, periodicals, musical instruments, published and unpublished copyright deposits, and close to 500 special collections in music, theater, and dance.