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Thursday, November 07, 2013

A Mozart Family Portrait from 1780 A Mozart Family Portrait from 1780 (Gemälde von Johann Nepomuk della Croce)

On this episode of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal highlights Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s solo piano works, some of which were composed when he was just 5-years-old. We hear moments from the tiny and amazing Gigue in G and the charming D Major Rondo, as well as his Fantasie in D minor performed on a fortepiano. 

In childhood Mozart was reportedly called "The Great Sponge." He was certainly the most fabled child prodigy in history, in everything, be it chess to math. He was the genius divine, but worked, without break, for his entirely short and tragic existence. Amadeus was a born natural, someone for which everything came easily – especially the piano.

Program playlist (all by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart):
Rondo in D K 485
Alicia De Larrocha

Menuett in F K1d
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Menuett in F K5
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Klavierstuck in B K9a (5b)
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

12 Variatrions in C, K 265 on "Ah, vois dirai-je, Maman"
Christoph Eschenbach

Piano Sonata in F, K 332: Adagio
Vladimir Horowitz
BMG Classics

Sonata No. 17 in B-flat Major, K 570: Allegretto
Heidi Lowry
Musical Heritage Society

Fantasie in D minor, K 397
Kristian Bezuidenhout
Fleur de son Classics

Piano Sonata in C, K 330: Allegro moderato
Leon Fleisher

Klavierstuck in A, K 15i-k
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Klavierstuck in F, K Anh.109b Nr.5 (15t)
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Gigue in G
Arthur Loesser
Marston Records

Klavierstuck in D minor, K15u
Lera Auerbach
Arabesque Recordings

Comments [3]

Silversalty from Brooklyn

Mozart Gigue in G ('Eine kleine gigue'), K.574 -,_K._574

Video of the gigue played on a Hoffman piano -

Strange, but I think it was the last piece on the program even though in this page's listing it is second from last. ??


Still no web audio.

Nov. 10 2013 11:11 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Yet again, no web audio. [yawn]

Nov. 09 2013 06:42 PM
David Newstein from Rockaway Park, NY

Can someone please send me the name of the one minute piano piece composed by WA Mozart? It had incredible dissonance and a great rhythmic feel (it was played near the end of the Mozart piano show (Thursday night 11/7/16).

Nov. 08 2013 12:02 PM

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