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Rondo in A Minor

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Instrument: Flute and Piano

Level: Advanced

Published: 2016

Price: €20.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 10 min.

      Written just two months before the great String Quintet in G Minor, the Rondo in A Minor is perhaps one of the most personal, dissonant and original statements of Mozart’s entire chamber music output. Each return of the limping, siciliano-like theme is progressively adorned by expressive chromatic treatment and sobbing appoggiatura figures, that offer scarcely any let-up in the work’s sense of futility and despair. Like a desolate Lied from Schubert’s Winterreise, the Rondo’s unrelenting bleakness comes to us straight from the composer’s heart, an intimate sharing of personal suffering and tragedy. The Rondo’s apotheosis is found in its coda, a final coming to rest over a billowing cloud (bass triplet arpeggios). The harsh dissonance of Bb against a pedal-point on A is at last released, and with it, Mozart’s gnawing grief. The A Minor Rondo points directly to the early Romantics and their “confessional” style, one that Chopin would later develop to its fullest expression in his Nocturnes.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Flute and Piano

  • About the composer +
    • Born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musician capable of playing multiple instruments who started playing in public at the age of 6. Over the years, Mozart aligned himself with a variety of European venues and patrons, composing hundreds of works that included sonatas, symphonies, masses, concertos and operas, marked by vivid emotion and sophisticated textures.

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Gomes
      Photo of Robert Stallman: Lisa Kohler
      Engraving: Henrik Svitzer
      Painting of Mozart: Joseph Lange
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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