Piano Concerto No. 7 (Mozart)

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Concerto for three pianos
No. 7
by W. A. Mozart
A fortepiano from the period
Pianoforte by Johann Andreas Stein (Augsburg, 1775) – Berlin, Musikinstrumenten-Museum
Key F major
Catalogue K. 242
Composed 1776 (1776), rev. 1780
Movements Three (Allegro, Adagio, Tempo di minuetto)
  • 3 pianos
  • orchestra

In 1776, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed three piano concertos, one of which was the Concerto for three pianos and orchestra in F major, No. 7, K. 242. He originally finished it in February 1776 for three pianos; however, when he eventually recomposed it for himself and another pianist in 1780 in Salzburg, he rearranged it for two pianos, and that is how the piece is often performed today. The concerto is often nicknamed "Lodron" because it was commissioned by Countess Antonia Lodron to be played with her two daughters Aloysia and Giuseppa.

The concerto is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns, 3 solo pianos and strings.

It has 3 movements:

  1. Allegro 4
  2. Adagio in B-flat major 4
  3. Rondo: Tempo di minuetto 3

Girdlestone, in his Mozart and his Piano Concertos, describes the concerto and compares one of the themes of its slow movement to similar themes that turn up in later concertos – especially No. 25, K. 503 – in more developed forms.


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