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Mozart - VERY RARE: Larghetto in B flat KV 452a / Anh. 54, for Piano and Winds

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Uploaded on Nov 20, 2010

Extremely rare fragment by Mozart, scored for piano, oboe, clarinet, basset horn and bassoon, lost over 100 years and discovered and sold at auction in November 1990. An oblong folio of two pages, it bears notes of authentication by both Georg Nikolaus von Nissen (music historian and second husband of Constanze), and Karl (Mozart's eldest son). Alfred Einstein sensibly catalogued it next to the completed Quintet in E flat (KV 452), although there is no evidence to link the two, and this fragment has a basset horn in place of the French horn. The paper type, however, indicates that it was written about the same time (1783). The keyboard part is headed "Pianoforte", the first of the few occasions he used this term instead of "Klavier". The movement is clearly a slow opening introduction to an Allegro first movement (as in K.452). To my untrained ear, I hear a few similarities to both his completed Quintet (K. 452) and to the Serenade for 10 winds (K. 361). Where this fragment ends, it without a doubt leaves you hungering for the Allegro that was to follow.

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