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Ursula Holliger & Peter-Lukas Graf - A. Mozart: Double Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra K.299

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Published on Mar 5, 2014

Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Double Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra K.299
Andantino

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, accompanied by his mother, arrived in Paris in 1778, he was very optimistic about winning recognition and perhaps even a post which would free him from his duties which he so loathed at the archbishop's court in Salzburg. Contact with influential personages was therefore very important. One of his most important contacts was with the Duke of Guines, a music-loving diplomat and amateur flutist. Mozart enthusiastically reported to his father in a letter dated 14 May that "the Duke of Guines plays the flute splendidly, and his daughter, who is studying composition with me, is an excellent harpist." The duke stood in favor with Queen Marie—Antoinette, who was expecting a child at the time. Mozart had thus hoped to receive a commission for the celebration of the royal birth. In order to gain the duke's goodwill, Mozart wrote the Double Concerto for Flute and Harp K. 299. To his great disappointment, however, not only did Mozart not receive a commission, but the duke was also content merely to offer a paltry sum for the concerto, an offer which Mozart indignantly refused.

Although Mozart was fond neither of the flute nor the harp (he once even said in a letter that he couldn't stand the flute), he did succeed in creating a delightfully charming work abounding in beautiful melodies. This concerto also provides flutists and harpists, of whom Mozart [read more: http://www.claves.ch/products/mozart-...]

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