Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4

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Wolfgang A. Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began his series of preserved piano concertos with these four that he wrote in Salzburg, K. 37 and 39-41, the autographs dated by his father Leopold Mozart as having been completed in April (K. 37) and July (K. 39–41) of 1767.  Although these works were long considered to be original, they are now known to be orchestrations of sonatas by various German virtuosi. The works on which the concertos are based were largely published in Paris, and presumably Mozart and his family became acquainted with them or their composers during their visit to Paris in 1763–64.

The young Mozart seems to have begun to learn how to cope with the structural problems of composing in the piano concerto form by using movement from the sonatas of other composers. It may be that his father had devised this as a compositional teaching method.

The video below is interpreted by pianist Géza Anda, with Camerata Academica Des Salzburger Mozarteums

Géza Anda (b.19 November 1921 – d.14 June 1976), was a Swiss-Hungarian pianist. He was a  celebrated interpreter of classical and romantic repertoire, particularly noted for his performances and recordings of Wolfgang A Mozart. He also interpreted the works of Beethoven,Schumann, Brahms and Bartok. He was popular in his day, but since his death, his high reputation has faded somewhat. Most of his recordings were made on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Video Credit:

Mozart, Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4.  YouTube, uploaded by EGMusic Classic. Accessed 13 April 2018.


Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (Mozart). 

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