Mozart's Concertos

Mozart’s concertos (more than thirty for keyboard, five for violin, one for two violins, one for violin and viola, two for flute, one for flute and harp, one for oboe, one for clarinet, one for bassoon, and four for horn, plus a handful of isolated concerto movements) have raised great enthousiasm ever since their first performances. With his concertos, Mozart actually set the standard for a genre that continues to be attractive for even present-day composers.

In about eleven weekly lessons of 1,5 hours, a number of representative movements will be studied in detail. We will explore the qualities and typical features of Mozart’s musical language, closely related to that of his operas, and the way his concerto movements are structured (in extended sonata, ABA, or rondo forms). We will also study the cadenzas and lead-ins.

The aim of the course is to be able to analyse a Mozart concerto, based on a solid knowledge of the style of composition and performance practice of the time. An attempt will be made to organise a performance of the chosen concerto movements of all the course participants.

Course details

teacher Clemens Kemme
term 2nd term, 1.5 hours per week
day Fridays
requirements Analysis II
work form study group
examination spoken analysis of 20 minutes of a Mozart concerto movement of the student's choice
credits 2
code KTh3