About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The London Sketchbook
In 1763, the Mozart family went on a grand tour of Europe, lasting three and a half years and taking them as far afield as London. During these years of travel Mozart, already considered a wonder child, improved his abilities as a composer immensely. His father Leopold wrote: "What he knew when we left Salzburg is a mere shadow compared with what he knows now. It exceeds all that one can imagine... My boy knows in this his eighth year what one would expect only from a man of forty". The London Sketchbook, perhaps more than any of the other manuscripts of the period, reveals Mozart’s expanding musical horizons - by the time he had finished using it he was already the composer of several symphonies.