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Mozart - Violin Sonata B-dur K454

Mozart - Violin Sonata B-dur K454. You can download the PDF sheet music Mozart - Violin Sonata B-dur K454 on this page. Sonata in B fíat major, K454 'Strinasacchi'

I Largo —Allegro
II Andante
III Allegretto

K.454 was written in 1784 for the 20-year-old Mantuan violinist Regina Strinasacchi and includes a majestic introduction, a contemplative slow movement that also demands virtuosity from the violinist, and a delightfully inventive final rondo.  The B flat major Sonata differs from all the others in that it has an extremely slow introduction, which immediately stresses the equality of the two instruments.

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Instrument part: 8 pages. 942 K


Piano part: 24 pages. 2913 K


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Miss Strinasacchi's playing must have distinguished itself by two qualities, if we are to judge from this work: graceful charm and a singing tone. The playfulness of the first movement leaves room for an old-fashioned 'fantasy' development, which, almost in jest, starts by taking up the traditional conclusion of the exposition. The same playfulness permeates the last movement. The middle movement, marked Andante, but with the melodic Intensity of an Adagio (this was the tempo Indication Mozart wrote down at first and then crossed out), Is certainly the peak of the work. Mozart uses his boldest chromatic modulations In the development section, giving the violinist ample chance to combine purity of Intonation with depth of expression.

Mozart had not had time before the concert at which he performed the work with her to write out the piano part or to rehearse the sonata, and to the astonishment of the Emperor, who was watching through his opera-glass, he played with blank sheets of music paper in front of him, relying on his memory — a feat the more remarkable in view of the subtle detail of the closely integrated parts, one frequently picking up or imitating the other's phrase, and of the complex modulations in the first movement's development section (which in fact contains not a jot of development of any of the previous material, saving that for the recapitulation section) and in the Andante.
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