The Library acquires rare Mozart sonatas

The Library has recently taken receipt of a valuable early edition of Mozart, bequeathed to the College by Andrew Raeburn (KC 1955).

The edition was published around 1789, two years before Mozart's death. It contains three works composed in the mid-1780s: two violin sonatas (K.481 and K.526) and a piano trio (K.496). It is presented as a set of three separate parts, for keyboard, violin and cello.

This set of parts enhances the collection of the Rowe Music Library at King's, which is particularly strong in the chamber music of the eighteenth century.

Mr Raeburn, who died in August 2010, sang regularly in the Chapel Choir while studying history at King's, and after graduation he held a variety of professional positions in the world of music.

He worked extensively as a record producer and later settled in Calgary, Alberta, where from 1993 until his retirement in 2004 he served as Artistic Director of the Honens International Piano Competition.

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5 February 2013