String Quintet No. 1 (Mozart)

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The String Quintet No. 1 in B flat major, K. 174, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in December 1773. Unlike Mozart's other viola quintets which are scored for two violins, two violas and cello- this early work is scored for two violins, two violas and basso.

Mozart composed this quintet a few months following the composition of the Viennese Quartets, K. 168-173 – indeed this work immediately follows that set in the first edition of the Köchel catalogue.


The work is in standard four movement form:


  • Charles Rosen, "The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven", 1997, Norton

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