Mozart's Creative Process

William Kinderman

in Mozart's Piano Music

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195100679
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868315 | DOI:
Mozart's Creative Process

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This chapter challenges the popular image of Mozart's music as having sprung into existence fully formed by analyzing his manuscripts and creative process. In the case of the first movement of the “Dürnitz” Sonata, K. 284, Mozart completely rewrote the first movement; his draft for the opening movement of the Concerto in C Major, K. 503 was set aside for an extended time, and the opening solo passage was then extensively rewritten. Both examples support Georg Nissen's claim from 1828 that “one doesn't believe the gossip at all, according to which he [Mozart] tossed off his significant works swiftly and hurriedly”.

Keywords: creative process; manuscripts; revision process; Dürnitz Sonata; Concerto in C Major; Georg Nissen

Chapter.  5967 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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