Savannah Music Festival LIVE 319 – Vienna in the Late 18th Century

Original air date: week of August 22, 2010

In the late 18th century, Vienna was the major musical center in Europe and a city where the great triumvirate of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven made their homes. Beethoven’s first appearance in Vienna as a youthful musician of promise came in the spring of 1787, where he was introduced to Mozart and played to him at his request. Mozart, turning quietly to the bystanders, said emphatically: “mark that young man; he will make himself a name in the world!” In this episode, we listen to Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 16 performed during the 2006 Savannah Music Festival.