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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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The Piano Concertos

The Piano Concertos

(p.138) CHAPTER 7 The Piano Concertos
Mozart's Piano Music

William Kinderman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Mozart's rich legacy of concertos in detail, with special attention given to the “Jenamy” Concerto, K. 271. The social and political context of the Viennese concertos is explored and the probable reasons for the erosion of Mozart's support in Vienna after 1786 are assessed. Issues of metaphorical meaning, including the comparison of the concerto to Greek tragedy, and dialogical, collaborative, and competitive aspects of the relationship between soloist and tutti are illustrated in a series of analyses, the most detailed of which concerns the first movement of the Concerto in C Minor, K. 491. Issues of orchestration and formal innovation, including Mozart's resourceful treatment of the rondo design in pieces such as the final Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 595, are also considered.

Keywords:   Jenamy Concerto, social context, political context, metaphorical meaning, Greek tragedy, dialogue, Concerto in C Minor, orchestration, formal innovation, rondo

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