Piano Sonata No. 8 (Mozart)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310/300d, was written in 1778. The A minor sonata is the first of only two Mozart piano sonatas in a minor key (the other being No. 14 in C minor, K. 457). It was composed in the summer of 1778 around the time of his mothers death, one of the most tragic times of his life.[1]


Little is known about the precise circumstances surrounding the composition of the sonata, unlike the earlier Sonata in C major, K. 309/284b it was little mentioned in his correspondence.[2] The manuscript which survives, was written using the same type of paper that was used for the Symphony in D major, K. 297/300a which Mozart purchased while in Paris.[3]


The composition which typically takes around 22 minutes to perform is in three movements:

  1. Allegro maestoso, common time
  2. Andante cantabile con espressione, F major, 3/4
  3. Presto, 2/4


  1. ^ Anderson 1990, p. 2
  2. ^ Irving 1997, p. 62
  3. ^ Irving 1997, p. 64

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