Wednesday Music: Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major

I know, I know: I’m posting this so late that by the time many of you read it, it will already be Thursday! But better late than never, right?

Today’s music is Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219. It was the last violin concerto he wrote and is probably one of the more often-played in his violin repertoire. Here’s a bit about it.

  • This concerto’s nickname is “Turkish” because of a section in the third movement that is supposed to sound, well, Turkish. In this era, Turkish things were fashionable in Europe—or at least things people thought were Turkish. From what I know, the passage isn’t actually that similar to Turkish music.
  • The tempo for the first movement is marked Allegro aperto, which is rare for Mozart’s instrumental pieces. He more commonly used this marking in his operas.
  • The piece was finished in 1775 and premiered in Salzburg that December. After writing it, Mozart did not write any more concertos for the violin for the rest of his life. (Unless you count the Adagio in E Major, K. 261, but that’s not a full concerto.)

Here’s a video of Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer playing it. Enjoy!

Or click here to see on YouTube.

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