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An Artistic Microcosm

William Kinderman

in Mozart's Piano Music

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195100679
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195100679.003.0003
An Artistic Microcosm

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This chapter assesses the set of “difficult sonatas”, K. 279-284, as a major landmark in Mozart's creative development, displaying compositional strategies found in later works. The “Andante/Adagio archetype” proposed by Solomon is seen as relevant to the “Paris” Sonata in A Minor, K. 310. Special attention is given to the thematic relationships between the Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475, and the Sonata in C Minor, K. 457. Connections between the sonatas and Mozart's concertos and operas are probed, and moments of uncanny transformation are perceived in the final Sonata in D Major, K. 576.

Keywords: Andante/Adagio archetype; Solomon; thematic relationships; uncanny; transformation; difficult sonatas; Paris Sonata; Fantasia; Fantasia in C minor

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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