Serenade No. 5 (Mozart)

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The Serenade No. 5 in D major, K. 204/213a was written on August 5, 1775 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for ceremonies at the University of Salzburg.[1] The work is very similar to K. 203 serenade composed for Salzburg the previous summer.

Structure[edit]

The serenade is scored for two oboes (doubling flutes), bassoon, two horns, two trumpets and strings. There are seven movements:

  1. Allegro assai, 4/4
  2. Andante moderato in A major, 3/4
  3. Allegro in A major, 2/2
  4. Menuetto & Trio, 3/4
  5. [Andante] in G major, 2/4
  6. Menuetto & Trio, 3/4
  7. Andantino Grazioso, 2/4 — Allegro, 3/8

The March in D, K. 215/213b, was used as an introduction or exit for this work.[1]

The second, third and fourth movements all feature the solo violin prominently, forming a three-movement violin concerto within the serenade. This is similar to the K. 203 serenade from the previous year. Mozart probably played the solo violin part himself.[1]

Like most of his orchestral serenades, a symphony was arranged from a subset of the serenade's movements. The "Serenade Symphony" for this work consists of movements one, five, six and seven (the non-concerto movements).[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zaslaw, Neil, The Compleat Mozart: a Guide to the Musical Works, p. 233-234 (New York, 1990) ISBN 0-393-02886-0
  2. ^ Brown, A. Peter, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), pp. 340-341 (2002).

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