Mozart, Piano Concerto K.488, cover

MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus

Klavierkonzert A-dur KV 488. Faksimile nach dem Autograph Ms. 226 im Besitz der Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Vorwort von András Schiff;
Einleitung von Ernst-Günter Heinemann.

Facsimile of  the autograph score of the Piano Concerto in A Major K.488 preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, published in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth, 1756-2006



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Full-color reproduction of the autograph score completed on 2 March 1786, issued on the ocassion of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The A Major Concerto K.488, alongside the C-major Concerto K.467, is the most frequently played and recorded piano concerto in Mozart’s entire output. The autograph has come down to us in exceptionally fine condition, written with remarkable care and clarity, complete with Mozart’s own cadenza for the first movement unusually incorporated into the score itself. The composer’s penmanship, especially in the final movement, betrays the fact that he was working under deadline pressure, the notation becoming noticeably hastier, though it is always easy to read. The score is not a fair copy but rather a working manuscript containing in addition to later changes in scoring, many spontaneous alterations of greater or lesser importance that cropped up during the copying process. Introduction in Ger-Eng. Handsome binding in red cloth with embossed title.
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