Wednesday Music: Mozart’s Adagio For Violin And Orchestra in E-Major, K. 261

I feel like I sort of failed my readers this week because I didn’t have a Wednesday music post. It’s not that I didn’t know what to post (I’ve been planning to put this piece up since last week); it’s that I kind of just didn’t post. So that the Cause of Converting Everyone to Classical Music doesn’t fail, I’m posting today.

This week’s piece is Mozart, again. (Can you tell I really like Mozart?!?) It’s his Adagio in E Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261. I played it with my violin teacher at university and it’s one of those pieces that’s harder than it initially looks. Seriously, there are some tricky rhythms in there. Here’s a bit about it:

  • Most scholars seem to agree that it was written as a replacement for the second movement of his Violin Concerto No. 5. I’ve played the slow movement for that piece, too, and it’s also great, but apparently Mozart didn’t think so.
  • Unlike other works he wrote for violin and orchestra, this piece features two flutes instead of oboes.
  • This is completely subjective, but this is one of my favorite pieces to play on the violin. I used to play it a lot in university when I lived with two other roommates. One appreciated it; one did not. (The one who didn’t thought I was interrupting her study time too much.)

I’ve chosen the Arthur Grumiaux recording because this is what I have on my iPod and it’s one of the best. It doesn’t have those sickening slides like Joshua Bell’s rendition does. (But seriously, when was a Joshua Bell recording ever good?) Enjoy!

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