What did you do when you were 8?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed this, his first symphony in E flat major when he was eight years old in 1764. What must that have been like?  Did he know he had an unusual ability?  In all probability, yes he did.  His father touted him and his sister, Anna Marie around Europe to show them off…

“A symphony must be like the world….

...It should embrace everything." This is what Gustav Mahler said to Jean Sibelius - in 1907 according to the CD notes produced to accompany the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of Mahler's 6th symphony in A minor, which is one of only two of his works that I have, the other being the enigmatic 10th symphony, this…