This week’s Wednesday Music snuck up on me. I took a vacation day on Monday, so Tuesday felt like Monday and I almost forgot to write out my post in time! Never fear, though, I managed to get one done. This week’s piece is Mozart’s Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C major, K. 299/297c. Here’s a bit about the piece:
- Mozart wrote this concerto in 1778, when he was living in Paris for six months. He wrote it for a flutist and his daughter, who played the harp. Unfortunately, the flutist father, who commissioned the piece, only paid Mozart half of the money that was originally agreed upon. Poor Mozart never collected his entire fee!
- This piece is basically a Sinfonia Concertante, which was popular in Paris at the time. Mozart wrote other Sinfonia Concertantes (or is the plural Sinfonias Concertante?), including one in E-flat major for violin and viola that I’ve talked about.
- At the time, it was unusual to write a piece for harp and another instrument like this. Furthermore, the harp part is more similar to a piano part than a typical harp part. I’m going to have to take music scholars’ word on this matter because I know basically nothing about the harp!
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