Here, we witness the immortal spark of genius jump from Mozart to Beethoven to Brahms. Mozart put the final touches on his breakthrough opera The Magic Flute just two months before his death in 1791. Into this fabulous overture he amazingly compresses the key themes of the whole opera. At the same time, Beethoven creates his first Piano Concerto (later published as No. 2). The musical debt to Mozart is obvious, yet Beethoven's style is blossoming quickly. Brahms' Third carries Beethoven's symphonic mantle into new territory.