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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

K 299 Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp,

The Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C major, K. 299/297c, is a composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for flute, harp, and orchestra. It is one of only two true double concertos that he wrote, as well as the only piece of music by Mozart that contains the harp. Mozart wrote the concerto in April 1778, during his six-month sojourn in Paris. It was commissioned by Adrien-Louis de Bonnières, duc de Guînes (1735–1806), a flutist, for his use and for that of his older daughter, Marie-Louise, a harpist, who was taking composition lessons from the composer. Mozart stated in a letter to his father that he thought the duke played the flute "extremely well" and that Marie's playing of the harp was "magnifique". The duke was an aristocrat Mozart came to despise, who never paid the composer the agreed amount for this work. The harp and flute were considered an unusual combination at that time.  Mozart's opinion of the harp, however, was perhaps dubious at best, for he never wrote another piece that employed it.


VIDEO: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Concerto for flute and harp in C major, K. 299 (1778) Concerto pour flûte et harpe en Ut majeur I Allegro; II Andantino; III Rondo: Allegro Coles: flute / flûte Yoshino: harp / harpe Menuhin: English Chamber Orchestra 

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