As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of Mozart, Derek Beales discusses various influences on the composer's life and work.

You can hear the series - A History of Mozart in a Dozen Objects - by following the link to the BBC website. In programmes seven, eight and nine Derek Beales talks to Professor Cliff Eisen about capital punishment, Joseph II's patronage and Mozart's connections with Freemasonry.

Derek Beales is Emeritus Professor of Modern History. Part two of his biography of Joseph II was published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2011.

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