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All my life I shall remember this fine, clear, lovely day. I shall hear softly, as from a distance, the magic strains of Mozart's music . . .In the dark places of this life they point to that clear-shining and distant future in which our whole hope lies. O Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, how infinitely many inspiring suggestions of a finer, better life have you left in our souls! Franz Schubert

Mozart, Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564

October 27th, 2011

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791

Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564, 1788

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart“In my boyhood, each time I played Mozart for my Grandma Clara, she said, in a flat voice, “Sounds just like water.” One day, on a picnic, she announced factually that the creek sounded just like Mozart.”
— W. A. Mathieu, The Musical Life

The classical piano trio came of age in Mozart’s hands. The full transition from the harpsichord to pianoforte coincided almost perfectly with Mozart’s life. He was a superb pianist – among history’s very first. He contributed mightily to the young instrument’s essential repertoire. Several composers before Mozart wrote for the ostensible ensemble of keyboard, violin and cello, fabulous works by skilled composers such a C.P.E. Bach, Schobert and Haydn. But there were at least two differences between their compositions and Mozart’s. First, they wrote for “keyboard”, possibly conceived with harpsichord in mind. Mozart wrote specifically and idiosyncratically for the piano itself. Second, the string parts were either “ad libitum” (optional), or quite secondary within music conceived primarily for the solo keyboard. With Mozart, the classically balanced triumvirate of piano, violin and cello finds its first blossom, indeed, an exquisite bouquet of compositions for this nascent ensemble soon to become a centerpiece at the heart of the chamber music literature. « more »


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