Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488

Last time we looked at W. A. Mozart as a child prodigy. As you know, Mozart had a large output of compositions, many written for the piano so that he could perform them in his own concerts! Today, we’ll look at one of these: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K 488.

Mozart wrote in a style that pleases the average listener and impresses the experienced critic. His K 488 was written in 1786 and one of many that uses the concertos of J. C. Bach as a model. This concerto was one of fifteen written between 1782 and 1785 while Mozart was living in Vienna. This particular piece was written during an especially fruitful season in which he also worked on two other concertos and his famous opera The Marriage of Figaro. Did you know that the three concertos written during this season were his first to incorporate the clarinet? You can listen below:

Next time, we’ll look at virtuoso violinist and composer Nicolò Paganini!

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