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Monday, January 26, 2015

K546 Adagio and Fugue in C Minor for String Quartet,


Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546, for strings by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dated "Vienna, 26 June 1788". The fugue is a transcription of his fugue in C minor for two pianos, K. 426, which he wrote in December 1783. The work is scored for first and second violins, viola, cello, and double bass. It is partly inspired by the contrapuntal style of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Bach background of the piece can be heard with the underlying dark intensity along with a gradual style change from the classicism of Mozart's time to a more Baroque style. Mozart was introduced to the music of Bach and Handel in 1782 by his patron Gottfried van Swieten. Mozart had previously transcribed some of Bach's fugues for string quartet. WIKIPEDIA



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