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Mozart's Piano Music$
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William Kinderman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195100679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195100679.001.0001

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An Artistic Microcosm

An Artistic Microcosm


(p.28) CHAPTER 3 An Artistic Microcosm
Mozart's Piano Music

William Kinderman

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses the set of “difficult sonatas”, K. 279-284, as a major landmark in Mozart's creative development, displaying compositional strategies found in later works. The “Andante/Adagio archetype” proposed by Solomon is seen as relevant to the “Paris” Sonata in A Minor, K. 310. Special attention is given to the thematic relationships between the Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475, and the Sonata in C Minor, K. 457. Connections between the sonatas and Mozart's concertos and operas are probed, and moments of uncanny transformation are perceived in the final Sonata in D Major, K. 576.

Keywords:   Andante/Adagio archetype, Solomon, thematic relationships, uncanny, transformation, difficult sonatas, Paris Sonata, Fantasia, Fantasia in C minor

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