Piano Concerto No. 5 (Mozart)

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Piano Concerto in D major
No. 5
by W. A. Mozart
Martini bologna mozart 1777.jpg
The young composer, a 1777 copy of a lost painting
Key D major
Catalogue K. 175
Composed 1773 (1773)
Movements Three (Allegro, Andante ma un poco adagio, Allegro)
Scoring
  • Piano
  • orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major, K. 175, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1773, at the age of 17. It is Mozart's first original piano concerto; his previous efforts were based on works by other composers.

Instrumentation[edit]

The work is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings and was the only concerto with trumpets and timpani until No. 10, K. 365. The second movement omits the trumpets and timpani.

Movements[edit]

The three movements of the concerto are listed as follows:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante ma un poco adagio (in G major)
  3. Rondo: Allegro

Unfolding with two whole notes, Mozart tackles a problem in the finale – how to introduce contrapuntal elements in a sonata form movement – that he was to revisit several more times. Mozart later composed a more tuneful rondo finale for this concerto, thinking it would be more popular with the Viennese audience than the original third movement.

This concerto was a favorite of Mozart's and is mentioned in many of his letters.[1] He played the piece at concerts until the year of his death.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hutchings (see references), p. 49-50.

References[edit]

  • Hutchings, A. 1997. A Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-816708-3

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