Wednesday Music: Mozart’s String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor

Well, they’re predicting freezing rain and ice tomorrow, so the jury’s still out on whether I’ll actually be showing up to work tomorrow. I don’t drive in ice, so we’ll have to see what happens.

Today’s piece is another by Mozart—what a surprise! 😉 It’s his String Quintet No. 2 in C minor, K. 406/516b. Here’s a bit about it.

  • The piece is in four movements: Allegro, Andante, Menuetto in canone, and Allegro.
  • Like all of Mozart’s string quintets, this one is scored for two violins, two violas, and one cello. Note that Luigi Boccherini, a contemporary of Mozart, usually (if not always) scored his string quintets for two violins, one viola, and two cellos.
  • This is perhaps my favorite fact about this piece: it’s actually an arrangement/transcription of a piece Mozart wrote about five years before this string quintet, Serenade No. 12 for winds in C minor, K. 388/383a. I actually discovered the string quintet through Serenade No. 12, which is also a wonderful piece. Before I knew Mozart had arranged Serenade No. 12 for strings, I considered doing it myself. Great minds think alike, right?!?

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Bonus piece: if you want to hear Serenade No. 12, the work that inspired this quintet, click here to listen to it.

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