Recorded on 11/20/2008, uploaded on 10/08/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Energetic and jovial, the Piano Sonata in D major, K. 311
shows Mozart as a youthful developing composer. Composed around the time of his
visit to Mannheim in 1777, it also makes use of the style unique to the city.
Opening with a flourish, the first movement seems at first to struggle to get
underway but then suddenly bursts into a run of brilliant sixteenth notes.
Lyricism takes over in the latter half of the second theme, but even it is
accompanied by undulating sixteenth notes full of energy. This liveliness
persists nearly unabated for the remainder of the movement.
The middle movement, a short sonatina (sonata form without
development), is a tender Andante in G major. Two lyrical themes are
presented in the tonic and dominant keys, as is expected, and then immediately
recapped in the tonic. A final embellished statement of the first melody
concludes the movement. The finale is a rondo and returns to the vigor of the
opening Allegro. Once again, the energy of the movement is maintained
through ample use of sixteenth notes (though this time in compound meter). A
brief cadenza, first in an Andante, then an Adagio tempo,
announces the final statement of the rondo's main theme. Finally, the sonata
comes to a close with a flourish of full chords. Joseph
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