Wednesday Music: Overture From ‘The Marriage Of Figaro’

I know we’ve had lots of Mozart pieces on Wednesday Music, dear readers, but I couldn’t resist posting this one because it’s so upbeat and happy. Things are going great at my job and I’m having a good time editing a novel, so this music, the overture from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, is a good theme for this week. Here’s a bit about it.

  • The piece is in the key of D major and the tempo is very, very fast. It starts off very quietly, though, so make sure you listen carefully or else you’ll miss the beginning.
  • Mozart originally put a slower section in the middle of this overture with an oboe solo, but ended up scrapping it. In a weird way, it makes me happy that he wrote something, then took it out because I’ve had to do that with my writing and sometimes I feel bad about needing to rewrite scenes. (Which is silly because everyone has to do that—including Mozart!)
  • This overture is often performed by itself. It works out well for this purpose because it’s self-contained. It doesn’t have any themes from the main opera, nor does it lead directly into the opera’s first act.


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