Wednesday Music: Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D-Major

Today’s piece of music is another Mozart violin concerto: No. 4 in D-major, K. 218. This one is my personal favorite. I have worked on all three movements intensively with my previous violin teacher, so I have warm and fuzzy feelings towards this piece. I actually played the second movement for my jury when I finished my second year of university.

For those who aren’t music students, jury is something I had to do to continue receiving college credit for my violin lessons. Music majors have to do it, too, but I wasn’t a music major. Anyway, my jury went like this: I stood in a small room in the center of a circle of music professors who listened and stared at my intently as I played. To say it was nerve-wracking would be an understatement—but hey, at least I passed.

Here’s a little bit about the piece:

  • Music scholars have noted that the beginning of this concerto is similar to some piano concertos Mozart wrote later: it sounds sort of “trumpety” even though there are no trumpets.
  • Allegedly this concerto is at least partially modeled on one by Luigi Boccherini, a contemporary of Mozart. I’m not sure which concerto, though.
  • Like his other violin concertos, Mozart did not write a cadenza for this one. That’s a shame because we’ll never know what he intended to have played for the cadenza (and he probably intended something, as he probably performed his own violin concertos).

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Enjoy! This a decent performance by violinist Julia Fischer.


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