Welcome back to Wednesday Music! I know we didn’t have it last week, which is sad, so I have an extra-good piece for you today: Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216. This is the first Mozart violin concerto I learned to play. I started working on it when I was seventeen.
First, here’s a little bit about it:
- It is considered the first mature violin concerto Mozart produced. I’ve never been completely sure why people say this, as I think his first two concertos for violin are perfectly fine. The slow movement for this concerto is a lot more difficult than those of No. 1 or No. 2, though. Maybe that has something to do with it.
- The opening orchestral theme of the third movement is what gives the concerto its nickname “Strassburg.” I confess, I’m not sure precisely why this concerto has this nickname, but there you go.
- A theme from the third movement was used in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, when the two main characters play a duet. This section of the concerto isn’t written as a duet, but they arranged it as a duet for violin and cello and it worked out very well. (Just ask my mom. She knows I love that scene. We both saw the film an embarrassing number of times.)
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