For Wednesday Music this week, my friends, we return to Mozart. Today’s piece is his Sonata for Bassoon and Cello in B-flat major, K. 292/196c. Here’s a bit about it.
- Due to the odd arrangement of this piece—choosing to write a duet for bassoon and cello is pretty random, you have to admit—some scholars have thought that Mozart didn’t actually write it. However, others think that he most definitely did write it due to the Mozartian quality of the music. I think he wrote it, too. Besides, Mozart was famous for combining instruments you wouldn’t think to combine (recall his Concerto for Flute and Harp) and making the resulting piece sound really good.
- Mozart probably wrote the piece in early 1775, when he was nineteen years old and living in Munich. At the same time, he wrote some keyboard sonatas that have similar qualities to this piece, which further proves that this has not been falsely attributed to him.
- An aristocrat who was also an amateur musician commissioned this piece from Mozart, along with his bassoon concerto and three other bassoon concertos that have since been lost. (Lost music is a crying shame, especially when it was Mozart’s. Let us pause here for a moment to mourn these three bassoon concertos, which I’m sure were excellent.) This aristocrat never paid Mozart for these works, though, which annoys me a lot. Basically, people have been stiffing artists and creative people out of money for centuries now. That’s equally annoying and sad!
Enjoy! It’s a short piece, so you don’t have an excuse not to listen to it. 🙂
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