Wednesday Music: Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major

Today’s music is Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211. If you’re tired of Mozart concertos, never fear, as we have one more next week, then I’ll post stuff from other composers. (But seriously, Mozart is amazing and how could you ever tire of his work?!?) Here’s a bit about this week’s piece.

  • This concerto was written in 1775, the year Mozart turned nineteen. He was working in Salzburg at the time and wrote all five of his violin concertos in close succession.(The last four were written between June and December of 1775, according to one source.) The same source claims No. 2 was finished on June 14, 1775.
  • The concerto is scored for strings, two oboes, and two horns.
  • Unfortunately, this concerto, along with No. 1, is performed a lot less frequently than the later three. It’s regarded as being a somewhat immature concerto, though I’m not sure I’d agree with this.

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Enjoy! And if there’s any piece you want to see featured after I finish this Mozart violin concerto series, be sure to tell me in the comments.