The Piano Concerto No. 16 in D Major, KV. 451 is a concertante work for piano, or pianoforte, and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart composed the concerto for performance at a series of concerts at the Vienna venues of the Trattnerhof and the Burgtheater in the first quarter of 1784, where he was himself the soloist. Mozart noted this concerto as complete on 22 March 1784 in his catalog, and performed the work later that month. Cliff Eisen has postulated that this performance was on 31 March 1784.
Simon Keefe has noted contemporary comments from Mozart's era on how the woodwind writing in this concerto showed a "newly intricate and sophisticated" character compared to Mozart's prior keyboard concerti. M.S. Cole has noted Mozart's use of meter changes in the coda of the finale, starting at measure 315, from 2/4 to 3/8, and subsequent thematic transformations. Joel Galand has noted that the finale, in rondo/ritornello form, avoids use of a new re-entry theme.
^ abKeefe, Simon P. (4 November 2001). "'An Entirely Special Manner': Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 in E Flat, K.449, and the Stylistic Implications of Confrontation". Music & Letters82 (4): 559–581. doi:10.1093/ml/82.4.559. JSTOR3526277.|accessdate= requires |url= (help)
^Eisen, Cliff (December 1994). "Music Reviews: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzerte für Klavier und Orchester. Ausgaben für zwei Klaviere. Urtext; hrsg von. Christoph Wolff und Christian Zacharias". Music & Letters51 (2): 733–737. JSTOR898906.|accessdate= requires |url= (help)
^Cole, M.S. (1974). "Mozart Rondo Finales with Changes of Meter and Tempo". Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae (Akadé). T. 16 (Fasc. 1/4): 25–53. doi:10.2307/901841. JSTOR901841.|accessdate= requires |url= (help)
^Galand, Joel (Autumn 2000). "The Large-Scale Formal Role of the Solo Entry Theme in the Eighteenth-Century Concerto". Journal of Music Theory (Duke University Press) 44 (2): 381–450. doi:10.2307/3090682. JSTOR3090682.Cite uses deprecated parameters (help);|accessdate= requires |url= (help)