W.A.Mozart :: Piano Sonata No. 6 in D - K. 284

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K 284 (205b) (1775) is a sonata in three movements. This sonata is the last of the sonatas that Mozart published in Munich. The piece is subtitled "Dürnitz" as it was written for Baron von Dürnitz, an amateur bassoonist and keyboard-player, who failed to pay for the work. The work was written down during the visit Mozart paid to Munich for the production of La finta giardiniera from late 1774 to the beginning of the following March.
00:05 I. Allegro
03:35 II. Rondeau en polonaise
07:47 III. Tema con variazione (Theme with variations)
I. Allegro
This first piece is in a D Major sonata form. The thematic material of the opening movement is laid out on a more orchestral scale which is a departure from the intimacy of the early sonatas. The tremolo effect and the unison announcements of the first subject read very much like a piano reduction of an orchestral tutti - literally meaning all or together and is used as a musical term, for the whole orchestra as opposed to the soloist. The second subject incorporates a descending chain of first inversions, which is a favourite harmonic formula of the baroque and classical periods. This functions as a solo passage in contrast to the ensuing tutti entries in measure thirty. The development moves through a circle of minor keys before the recapitulation begins in measure seventy-two.
A first version of the beginning of the first movement, written on one and a half pages, was eventually cancelled by Mozart. On the same page, he started anew to write the final version underneath.

II. Rondeau en polonaise
The second movement is written in the dominant key, A Major. Mozart called the second movement a Rondeau en polonaise, so it is a dance. The opening four measures form a kind of dialogue and Mozart subjects them to felicitous counter-statement is heightened by Mozart's meticulous dynamic markings.

III. Tema con variazione (Theme with variations)
The last movement of the Sonata is a pianistically rewarding, cheerful set of variations, which, up to the adagio variation, has the character of a gavotte. It shows Mozart's special gift for writing variations at its most brilliant. The superficial impression of a diffuse form does not stand up to a closer inspection. The autographed is only modestly ornamented, and Mozart presumably embellished it in performance as his fancy dictated. A richly ornamented version survived in the first edition, published during Mozart's lifetime, and undoubtedly this embellished version is Mozart's own work.
The magnificent animation couldn't have been done without the amazingly talented Stephen Malinowski and his Music Animation Machine.
The music was recorded and conducted in Cockos Reaper.

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Date published 16 Nov 2015
Duration 00:22:00