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Mozart and Haydn – The Last Two Piano Sonatas

The last of Mozart’s piano sonatas, K. 570 and 576, were written in 1789, two years before his death at the age of 35. Haydn’s piano sonatas 61 and 62 were composed in 1794, in London, at the height of Haydn’s celebrity and entrepreneurial independence. Haydn was 62, and would live another fifteen years. Beethoven’s…

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Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and the Fate of the Basset Clarinet

‘You have euphonium lips,’ said my grade 9 high school music teacher. But after a few brassy sessions I developed visions of submersion in Sousa, and, guided by my father’s devotion to Benny Goodman, switched to the clarinet. Which is how I came to Mozart’s and Weber’s clarinet concerti, which, in due course, I learned…

Mozart, K. 173

W.A. Mozart – String Quartet 13 in d, K. 173 (1773)

Eric Blom, in his book on Mozart, allocates a single paragraph to this set of 1773 string quartets. These quartets were written in Vienna, and Blom writes that the set “shows very clearly that the boy of seventeen was anxious to impress his learning on the musicians of the capital.” Hans Keller, in his chapter on…

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Works Studied

Mozart, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622 (1791) – Robert Marcellus, clarinet, George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra. With score. For a CulturalRites article on the concerto, see Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and the Fate of the Basset Clarinet. Mozart, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622 (1791) – Thea King, basset clarinet, Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra. With score. For a CulturalRites article…

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Mozart’s Horn Concerti and the “Hornbone”

Christian Lindberg, on “hornbone,” presents a recording of the four horn concerti by Mozart with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow. These recordings of the four Mozart horn concerti are shams, and not very good shams. This is horn music, and not meant for a mangled trombone masquerading as a tromba di tirarsi, which slides more to…