Wednesday Music on a Sunday: Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1

You guys, I totally fell off the blogging bandwagon this past week. I don’t know what happened, as I wasn’t especially busy or anything. I just was reading a lot and somehow forgot to blog! So here’s some Wednesday Music for you, but on a Sunday. I guess that makes it Sunday music, doesn’t it?

Today’s piece is the last in my Mozart violin series: Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207. Here’s a little bit about it.

  • For a while, scholars thought this piece was composed in 1775 with the other four violin concertos Mozart wrote. Apparently handwriting analysis implies that it was more likely composed in 1773, though. Keep in mind that Mozart was seventeen in 1773. Seventeen. Isn’t that crazy to write a fully mature violin concerto at that age?
  • For whatever reason, Mozart wasn’t satisfied with the third movement to this concerto and so he wrote another piece, Rondo in B-flat for violin and orchestra, K. 269/261a, that was meant to substitute for the third movement. There’s nothing wrong with the third movement, though, so the concerto is usually performed with it and the substitute Rondo is performed as a separate piece.
  • This concerto, as well as No. 2, is modeled on the baroque concerto grosso, according to scholars. This makes sense, as Mozart would have studied this form of concerto during his education.

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