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Music 1102A/B Study Guide - Final Guide: Fortepiano, Child Prodigy, The Soloist

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Music 1102A/B
Kate Helsen
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Oct 17 - 2016
Midterm will be up to wednesday's material (up to pg. 226)
23 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto in A major, K. 448, first movement
A concerto is featuring a particular instrument with an entire orchestra in the background
The relationship between the solo instrument (piano) and the orchestra. They cooperate at
times, oppose each other at times, and appear alone at times.
The number and variety of melodies is there, each with its own distinct character. These
melodies rarely appear in the same guise twice.
The soloist enters, later hear the return of the opening idea about two-thirds through the
movement which marks the onset of the recapitulation (an act or instance of summarizing and
restating the main points of something)
Piano Concerto, K. 488, mvt. 1
Composed: 1786
Piano concertos brought royal and public attention to Mozart
Effortless, natural style belies a complex construction
Timbre: The Drama of Contrast
Mozart uses every possible combination of orchestra and soloist. He created different
themes and would put on a show with his piece (a back and forth with piano to
orchestra). The relationship between the orchestra and the piano, creates a dramatic
opening (famous minor 3rd opening).
He does:
Orchestra alone
Soloist alone (piano)
Orchestra supporting the soloist
Soloist supporting the orchestra
Soloist and orchestra on equal footing
Melodic Generosity
Mozart typically used many more melodies than his contemporaries
Dynamics, texture, and rhythm also contribute to variety and contrast
This movement uses four main themes
Each theme has a very different shape and feel
Double -Exposition Concerto Form
Modified sonata form:
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