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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Viennese Library Yields 35 'Lost' Bars of Mozart

TORONTO -- A Canadian musicologist has discovered what appears to be a long-lost work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Dorothea Link came across the passage, scored for strings and soprano, in the Austrian National Library in Vienna.

The 35 bars by the great composer precede his aria "Vado, ma dove?"

Though the material is not in Mozart's own hand, it points almost conclusively to his authorship, some experts say.

"I think the evidence that this is fully by Mozart is very strong," said Stanley Sadie, a British musicologist and Mozart specialist who is an editor for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Link, who has spent the last year teaching at Dalhousie University in Halifax, believes that Mozart wrote "Vado, ma dove?" for the singer Luisa Villeneuve in 1789.

It was intended to replace one of Villeneuve's arias in "Il Burbero di Buon Cuore," an opera by Vicente Martin y Soler, she said.

Substitute arias, as they were called, were standard practice in Mozart's day, when established opera singers were entitled to arias that suited their voices.