String Quintet No. 2 (Mozart)

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The String Quintet No. 2 in C minor, K. 406/516b, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1787, a transcription of his earlier Serenade No. 12, K. 388, for wind octet. Like all of Mozart's string quintets, it is a "viola quintet" in that it is scored for string quartet and an extra viola (two violins, two violas and cello).


The work is in standard four movement form:

  • I. Allegro cut time in C minor
  • II. Andante 3
    in E-flat major
  • III. Menuetto in canone 3
    in C minor, with Trio in canone al roverscio in C major
  • IV. Allegro 2
    in C minor (ending in C major)


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

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