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The Piano Concertos

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/9780195100679.003.0007
The Piano Concertos

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This chapter discusses Mozart's rich legacy of concertos in detail, with special attention given to the “Jenamy” Concerto, K. 271. The social and political context of the Viennese concertos is explored and the probable reasons for the erosion of Mozart's support in Vienna after 1786 are assessed. Issues of metaphorical meaning, including the comparison of the concerto to Greek tragedy, and dialogical, collaborative, and competitive aspects of the relationship between soloist and tutti are illustrated in a series of analyses, the most detailed of which concerns the first movement of the Concerto in C Minor, K. 491. Issues of orchestration and formal innovation, including Mozart's resourceful treatment of the rondo design in pieces such as the final Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 595, are also considered.

Keywords: Jenamy Concerto; social context; political context; metaphorical meaning; Greek tragedy; dialogue; Concerto in C Minor; orchestration; formal innovation; rondo

Chapter.  28733 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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