Category Mozart

Mozart’s “Concerto No. 21” – Robert Sparks

When I was a young piano student, one of the things that annoyed me was the fact that none of the music I was learning had an interesting name. Everything was Sonata No. 4, or Etude in G Minor, or some such thing equally unimaginative. That’s why I was so excited whenever my teacher would […]

Mozart’s “Concerto No. 20” – Robert Sparks

Of all the piano concertos that Mozart wrote, only two of them are in a minor key. The first of these is Mozart’s 20th piano concerto in D minor. Although all of Mozart’s piano concertos get played frequently, this one is often a favorite of pianists because of the high level of drama that Mozart […]

Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto: “Jeunhomme” – Robert Sparks

It’s a little bit strange to refer to any of Mozart’s piano concertos as “one of his most popular,” as I have done before. The fact is that all Mozart piano concertos are considered standard repertoire for concert pianos, and all are performed regularly all across the globe by professional and amateur concert pianists alike. […]

Mozart’s Concerti – Alex Reisner

The Development of Mozart’s Piano Concerti from No. 1 to No. 24 The concerto is a form of classical music that arose during the late Baroque period. It typically includes a solo instrument and accompaniment by an orchestra, usually composed of three movements. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote concerti for piano, violin, horn, bassoon, flute, oboe, clarinet, and […]

Mozart’s “Second Flute Concerto in D major” – Katie Shauberger

Typically, the concertos that Don Quijote writers cover are piano concertos. However, there is a beauty in Mozart’s Second Flute Concerto in D major, which cannot be ignored. The piece was written in 1778, when Mozart was twenty-two years old; it was composed for a solo flute, two oboes, two horns, and strings, and lasts […]

Douglas Hofstadter’s “Gödel, Escher, Bach” and Music as a Formal System – Robert Sparks

This semester I am co-moderating a reading group on Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach with a friend. The book’s topics seemed to be a perfect combination of my interest in music and his interest in mathematics. We have only discussed the first few chapters of the book so far, but in our discussion I began […]