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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Symphony no 34 K 338

Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K. 338, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1780, and completed on August 29. The work is scored for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings. Although most symphonies have four movements, this symphony has only three, which was still common in the early classical period: 1. Allegro vivace, 4/4 2. Andante di molto (più tosto Allegretto), 2/4 in F major 3. Finale: Allegro vivace, 6/8. The symphony features the fanfares and flourishes typical of the "festive symphony" or "trumpet symphony", which is characteristic of Austrian symphonic writing in C major. This is the first of Mozart's C-major symphonies to exhibit this character, but the style would be revisited in his subsequent two works in this key, the 36th and 41st symphonies. The first movement is written in sonata form but also contains many styles and formal aspects of an Italian overture. There is no expositional repeat. The expositional coda contains an overture-like crescendo which is not included in the recapitulation. The development is based entirely on new material. The recapitulation on the exposition's first theme is abbreviated and interrupted by a brief development of that theme. Finally, the movement's coda contains nearly all of this first theme creating the appearance of a reverse-recapitulation common in Italian overtures. The second movement in F major is scored for strings sotto voce with divided violas and a single bassoon doubling the cellos and bass. Alfred Einstein advanced a theory in the third edition of the Köchel catalogue that the Minuet K. 409 was written at a later date by the composer for this work. However, there is no proof in the sources to support his thesis. Also, K. 409 calls for two flutes in its orchestration which does not match the rest of the symphony. The finale is in sonata form and features energetic tarantella or saltarello rhythms.



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mozart - Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319

The Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K. 319, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and dated on 9 July 1779. Composed in Salzburg and The minuet was added in 1782 in Vienna. Published as Op. 7 No. 2 in 1785. The work runs approximately 19 minutes in performance and is scored for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, and orchestral strings. No. 33 contains many passages of almost chamber-like intimacy, in contrast to the grand, public manner of the Paris Symphony in particular. The absence of trumpets in the orchestra increased that quality. It was one of his few symphonies to appear in print during his lifetime. The Vienna firm Artaria published it in 1785.

Composition Year 1779, revised 1782 or 1785.

VIDEO: The Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Christopher Hogwood.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mozart - Symphony No. 31 "Paris" in D major K 297

The Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297/300a, better known as the Paris Symphony, is one of the more famous symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The work was composed in 1778 during Mozart's unsuccessful job-hunting sojourn in Paris. The composer was then 22 years old. The premiere took place on 12 June 1778 in a private performance in the home of Count Karl Heinrich Joseph von Sickingen, the ambassador of the Electorate of the Palatinate. The public premiere took place six days later in a performance at the Concert Spirituel. The work received a positive review in the June 26 issue of the Courrier de l'Europe, published in London.


VIDEO: Conductor - Nikolaus Harnoncourt Wiener Philharmoniker Musikvereinssaal Wien, 1984 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a

The Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a, was completed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on 6 April 1774. It is, along with Symphony No. 25, one of his better known early symphonies. Stanley Sadie characterizes it as "a landmark ... personal in tone, indeed perhaps more individual in its combination of an intimate, chamber music style with a still fiery and impulsive manner." The symphony is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings, as was typical of early-period Mozart symphonies.


Friday, September 25, 2015

The Symphony in D major "No. 50", K. 161/141a; Il sogno di Scipione, K. 126

The Symphony in D major "No. 50", K. 161/141a, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1772. The first two movements are from the overture to the opera Il sogno di Scipione, K. 126, and the last movement, K. 163, was composed separately. Köchel gave the entire work the number K. 161 (revised to K. 141a in later editions). WIKIPEDIA
VIDEO: The symphony is set in 3 movements: 1. Allegro moderato (0:00) 2. Andante (2:52) 3. Presto - K 163 (5:20) Mozart composed a finale (K 163) in Milan in 1772 to add to the first two movements of the overture to Il sogno di Scipione. Performers: The Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Christopher Hogwood.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491

Mozart Statue by Viktor Tilgner, 1892, Burggarten, Vienna

  The Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, is a concerto for keyboard (usually a piano or fortepiano) and orchestra composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart composed the concerto in the winter of 1785–1786, finishing it on 24 March 1786, three weeks after the completion of the Piano Concerto No. 23 (K. 488) in A Major. He premiered the work in early April 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. The work is one of Mozart's most advanced compositions in the concerto genre. Its early admirers included Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. Musicologist Arthur Hutchings considered it to be Mozart's greatest piano concerto. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Mozart - Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491 Vladimir Feltsman, piano Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra Yuri Bashmet, conductor

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mozart - Concerto no 23 in A major k 488

The Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488) is a musical composition for piano and orchestra written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was finished, according to Mozart's own catalogue, on March 2, 1786, around the time of the premiere of his opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was one of three subscription concerts given that spring and was probably played by Mozart himself at one of these. The concerto is scored for piano solo and an orchestra consisting of one flute, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns and strings. In Mozart's later works the wind instruments are equal to the stringed instruments, and this is also the case in this concerto.

 VIDEO: - Daniil Trifonov and the Israel Camerata Orchestra 

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482

The Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482, is a concertante work for piano, or pianoforte, and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart composed the concerto in December of 1785. This is the first piano concerto of Mozart's to include clarinets in its scoring, and is scored for solo piano, flute, two clarinets (in B-flat), two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani (in E-flat and B-flat), and strings. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: • Kristian Bezuidenhout: fortepiano Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Conducted by Petra Müllejans 


Monday, September 21, 2015

Elvira Madigan MOZART's Piano Concerto No 21 in C K 467

The Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, was completed on March 9, 1785 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, four weeks after the completion of the previous D minor concerto, K. 466 The second movement was featured in the 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan. This has led to an anachronistic nickname of Elvira Madigan for the concerto. Neil Diamond's 1972 song "Song Sung Blue" was based on a theme from the andante movement of the concerto. WIKIPEDIA An electronic arrangement of the concerto's first movement was used as the main theme of the TV series Whiz Kids.

VIDEO: Mozart:Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 Orchestra filarmonica della Scala Maurizio Pollini Riccardo Muti 2004

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mozart Piano Concerto no 5 in D K 175

Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major, K. 175, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1773, at the age of 17. It is Mozart's first fully original piano concerto; his previous efforts were based on works by other composers. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Mitsuko Uchida Jeffrey Tate English Chamber Orchestra 1990

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

K41, Piano Concerto No 4

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began his series of preserved piano concertos with four that he wrote at the age of 11, in Salzburg: K. 37 and 39-41. The fourth was composed in July of 1767. The first and third movements are based on ones by Honauer (Op. 1, No. 1), and the middle one on Raupach (Op. 1, No. 1).
VIDEO: Soloist/Conductor: Murray Perahia English Chamber Orchestra Mozart Piano Concerto No.4 K41 G major (all movements)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

K 40, Piano Concerto No 3 in D

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began his series of preserved piano concertos with four that he wrote at the age of 11, in Salzburg: K. 37 and 39-41. The autographs, all held by the Jagiellonian Library, Kraków, are dated by his father as having been completed in April (K. 37) and July (K. 39-41) of 1767. Although these works were long considered to be original, they are now known to be orchestrations of sonatas by various German virtuosi. The works on which the concertos are based were largely published in Paris, and presumably Mozart and his family became acquainted with them or their composers during their visit to Paris in 1763–64. Composition of the third piano concerto k 40, was in July, 1767. The first movement is based on the initial movement of Honauer's Op. 2, No. 1. The second on one by Johann Gottfried Eckard (op. 1, no. 4 ), the most famous keyboardist of his day. The third movement is based on C. P. E. Bach's piece La Boehmer, published in the early 1760s. Mozart's cadenzas for the concerto survive. VIDEO: Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, K. 40 (Murray Perahia)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b,

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b, is the last of three quartets for the amateur flautist Ferdinand De Jean. Mozart's manuscript designates this work for flute, violin, viola and basso. Despite following directly after the first two flute quartets in the Köchel catalogue, the Quartet in C was almost certainly written a few years later, likely sometime between the years 1781 to 1782.


 VIDEO: W.A. Mozart Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major K.285b / Allegro (Dress Rehearsal) Min Park, flute / Emilie Anne, violin / Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola / Sean Katsuyama, Cello

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Flute Quartet No. 2 in G major, K. 285a

The Flute Quartet No. 2 in G major, K. 285a, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the second of three quartets for the amateur flautist Ferdinand De Jean, and was likely written between 1777 and 1778; indeed, the composition is listed directly after the Flute Quartet No. 1 in the Köchel catalogue.

VIDEO: Flute: Sharon Bezaly Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet No.2 G major (K.285a.) Andante & Tempo di Menuette

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MOZART Flute Quartet No 1 in D K 285

The Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for flute, violin, viola, and basso the first of three quartets for the amateur Ferdinand De Jean, was probably written between 1777 and 1778.


VIDEO: The opening piece of the Levocske Babie Leto (Indian Summer in Levoca) Festival 2011, performed in the Old Town Hall of Levoca (Slovakia) by Carlo Jans wth members of the Zemlinsky Quartet.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MOZART Violin Concerto No 3 in G K216

The Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg in 1775. Mozart was only 19 at the time. By the age of nineteen Mozart encouraged by his father Leopold had become increasingly anxious that a place should be found for him in a more distinguished position than Salzburg could ever offer. His dissatisfaction was to lead to his attempt to find employment in Mannheim or in Paris, and finally, in 1781, to a breach with his patron the Archbishop and to a final decade of precarious independence in Vienna. Limited as it might have been, Salzburg, all the same, offered some opportunities. In 1775 the Archbishop commissioned a setting of a Metastasio libretto, Il re pastore, for the official visit to the town of the Archduke Maximilian Franz in April. The violin concertos were written later in the year and as we have seen provided at least a reminder of Mozart's achievement during his long absence. The Concerto in G Major, K. 216, shares the greater popularity of the last three of the series. The opening Allegro offers an orchestral exposition in which the principal themes are declared, the first of them having already appeared in Il re pastore. The soloist repeats the principal theme and by means of new material leads to the second subject, both duly developed and re-established in the final section of the movement


VIDEO: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 I. Allegro (00:00) II. Adagio (10:35) III. Rondeau. Allegro (21:00) Hilary Hahn, violin Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 


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