MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791


Piano Concerto in C minor K.491
Facsimile of the Autograph Score in the Royal College of Music, London
With a commentary by Robert Levin

 


Mozart Piano Concerto in C Minor K.491
                    

Documenta Musicologica, II/47. Kassel, 2014. Oblong, 34 x 24 cm, 74, 40 pp. Beautiful color halftone of the autograph fair copy completed on March 24, 1786. In his fascinating preface Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, describes the journey made by Mozartís autograph following its sale in 1800 by Constanze, Mozartís widow, to its eventual resting place in London where it is the jewel in the RCMís extensive collection of historic manuscripts. The Piano Concerto in C minor K. 491 is one of Mozartís greatest piano concertos not least because of the dramatic character of its minor key (it is one of only two piano concertos composed in minor keys). It also has the largest orchestra he ever used in a piano concerto and the only piano concerto to use both oboes and clarinets. Written in 1786 during a period of almost feverish activity, it was completed only 22 days after the A major concerto K. 488 and during composition of The Marriage of Figaro. The autograph is exceptional in that Mozart records sketches that he later enlarged and extensively revised for the score thus allowing us an insight into his creative process. Mozartís work appears here for the first time in a color facsimile, making it possible to easily recognize the contrasting colors of ink. The renowned Mozart scholar and pianist Robert Levin has written an illuminating commentary. He explains Mozartís method of composition and guides the reader page by page through the autograph. This high-quality facsimile truly is a fascinating insight into Mozartís art of composition. Hardbound with linen spine and decorative paper boards. $248

           
Mozart Piano Concerto in C Minor K.491, 2

   

 
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