Recorded on 07/24/2007, uploaded on 01/15/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Along with many sets of
variations composed for the piano, Mozart also wrote his Rondo in A minor in
1787, at the height of his compositional powers. It is in an ABACA form, with the simplicity
of the writing of the opening theme offering both supreme delicacy and deep
emotion. The structure allows Mozart to
present increasingly playful and divergent B and C sections, then bringing his
listeners back to a more conventional restatement of the opening theme. The B section is in three-part voicing. Section C is in A Major; it becomes more
intense with an increasing number of trills and turns. The final transition back to the main theme
offers groups of unwinding triplets, in diminishing dynamics. The final restatement offers just subtle
additions to the original motif, and the work ends with the melody disappearing
into the texture of the left hand. Jie Chen
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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