Wednesday Music: Mozart’s String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat Major

Today’s piece is Mozart’s String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 174. You know I love Mozart, so you won’t be surprised to know I have this piece on my iPod. (In fact, I own a copy of all the Mozart string quintets, played by the Grumiaux Trio. That’s probably more information than you wanted to know.) Here’s a bit about it:

  • It is a “viola quintet,” which means the extra string part is a second viola part. Keep in mind that Boccherini’s quintets feature an extra cello instead.
  • He composed it in December 1773. He wasn’t even twenty years old yet. In fact, he was seventeen, almost eighteen.
  • Like all quintets I’ve ever listened to (and if you’re me, that’s a lot), this one is in the standard four-movement form.


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