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Polish abbey may house Mozart scores

Iranian-Armenian conductor Loris Tjeknavorian (bottom) leads the symphony orchestra in Vahdat (Unity) amphitheater as Mohammad Noori's group sings in front of an image of Mozart in Tehran, Iran on December 4, 2005. This concert was performed for the 250th anniversary of Mozart's death. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
Iranian-Armenian conductor Loris Tjeknavorian (bottom) leads the symphony orchestra in Vahdat (Unity) amphitheater as Mohammad Noori's group sings in front of an image of Mozart in Tehran, Iran on December 4, 2005. This concert was performed for the 250th anniversary of Mozart's death. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah) | License Photo

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland, May 23 (UPI) -- Polish and Austrian scientists are working together to determine if scores penned by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart might be stored in a Polish monastery.

The Polska daily newspaper reported that numerous Mozart scores are believed to be kept in the archives of the Jasna Gora Monastery.

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Located in Czestochowa, the monastery is the national shrine of Poland and the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, Poland Radio noted.

Its archives are home to more than 3,000 hand-written historic music scores, two-thirds of which have been performed by the monastery's orchestra.

Eighteen scores that appear to be signed by Mozart are now being examined for authenticity, Poland Radio said.

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