Piano Concerto No. 17 (Mozart)


Piano Concerto No. 17 (Mozart)

The Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV. 453, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was written in 1784.

The work is orchestrated for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, and strings. As is typical with concertos, it is in three movements:

# "Allegro"
# "Andante" in C major
# "Allegretto – Presto"

According to the date that the composer himself noted on the score, the concerto was completed on April 12, 1784.

The date of the premiere is uncertain. In one view, the work is said to have been premiered by Mozart's student, Barbara Ployer, on June 13, 1784 at a concert to which Mozart had invited Giovanni Paisiello to hear both her and his new compositions, including also his recently-written Quintet in E flat for Piano and Winds. Afterwards, Ployer was joined by Mozart in a performance of the Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448. Another possibility, advanced by Lorenz (2006, 314), is that Mozart did not wait over two months to premiere the work, but performed it in his concert with Regina Strinasacchi on 29 April 1784 at the Kärntnertortheater.

The finale is a set of variations on what Alfred Einstein has described as a "birdlike" theme, which Mozart taught his pet starling to sing; see Mozart's starling. The movement ends with an extensive coda.

Johannes Brahms wrote two cadenzas to this concerto, WoO 13.

References

*Hutchings, A. "A Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos", Oxford University Press.
*Lorenz, Michael (2006) "New And Old Documents Concerning Mozart's Pupils Barbara Ployer And Josepha Auernhammer", "Eighteenth-Century Music" 3/2, (Cambridge University Press).

External links

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* [http://www.serg.vangennip.com/www/piano.html Recording by Serg van Gennip]


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