Journeys to Western Europe and Italy 1763 - 1770
In the summer of 1763, Leopold Mozart left with his family on a major journey through western Europe, one which lead them to Germany - where Wolfgang performed for the first time in Augsburg, his father's home town, France, England and Holland.
During their stay in Paris, Wolfgang's first compositions appeared in print: the Sonatas for Piano and Violin K. 6 and 7 for Madame Victoire de France (as op.I) as well as K. 8 and 9 for Comtesse Adrienne-Catherine de Tessé, née de Noailles (as op. II). The boy's performances were greeted with astonishment and admiration by one and all.
1763 - 1766
On April 23rd, 1764, the Mozart Family arrived in London. In addition to four public concerts, the children gave repeated performances for King George III and his wife, Sophie Charlotte, née Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, to whom Wolfgang dedicated his six Sonatas for Piano and Violin (Flute) K. 10-15.
Having barely returned to his native land, rumours began to spread about yet another impending journey for the Mozart Family. In fact, after spending just eleven months in Salzburg, they left for Vienna, from where they subsequently had to flee to Brünn and Olmütz in an attempt to escape the smallpox epidemic which was ravaging the city. Despite their efforts, the children still became seriously ill.
First premieres in 1767, 2nd Vienna stay until 1769.
1769 - 1770
In 1769, during his stay in Salzburg, Mozart became the unsalaried concertmaster of the Salzburg court ensemble.
In Rome, Cardinal-Secretary Count Pallavicini decorated Mozart with the insignias of the "Order of the Golden Spur" which he had had been awarded by Pope Clemens XIV - the highest papal order which, prior to Mozart, had only been given to Orlando di Lasso. On October 10th, 1770, during his return home, Mozart is admitted to the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna after successfully passing their examination.