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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mozart 's Greatest Violin Piece

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, 2nd Movement...
soft, tranquil, calm....

Mozart’s five authentic Violin Concertos were all products of a single year — 1775.
At nineteen he was already a veteran of five years experience as concertmaster, for which his duties included not only playing, but also composing, acting as co-conductor with the keyboard player (modern orchestral conducting was not
to originate for at least two more decades) and soloing in concertos.

It was for this last function that Mozart wrote these concertos. He was, of course, a quick study at everything that he did, and each of these works builds on the knowledge gained from its predecessors. It was with the last three (K. 216, 218, 219) that something more than simple experience emerged, however, because it was with these compositions that Mozart indisputably entered the era of his musical maturity.

These are his earliest pieces now regularly heard in the concert hall, and the last one, No. 5 in A major, is the greatest of the set. A. Hyatt King wrote that this is not only the best of Mozart’s concertos for violin, “but has no rival throughout the second half of the 18th century.”

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