Divertimento "A Little Night Music" K. 525
Editor: Wolf-Dieter Seiffert
Urtext Edition, Study score, paperbound
Pages: 24 (VIII, 16), Size 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Order no. HN 7005 · ISMN M-2018-7005-2
Mozart’s “Kleine Nachtmusik” is surely one of the most popular works of so-called classical music. Although his manuscript is not completely free of corrections, it is still undoubtedly one of Mozart’s most beautiful and serves as the (sole) source for our Urtext edition. Mozart wanted to see his most famous serenade performed by a string quartet with double bass (HN 1005); but it is well-known that it also sounds good when played by a chamber orchestra, so the parts can also be ordered individually. And there is another little extra: The editor believes he has identified the much discussed person to whom the “Kleine Nachtmusik” was dedicated – the answer can be read in the preface.
Audio example: Wiener Philharmoniker
Deutsche Grammophon 028947833871GB
A handsome new edition by Henle is now available. It is well laid out and includes footnotes for the occasional editing due to irregularities in the manuscript. ... The accompanying study score has a great deal of historical information about the work and is written by Wolf-Dieter Seiffert with a light touch appropriate to the work.
Die neue Ausgabe im Henle Verlag macht dem Namen des Hauses alle Ehre: Das Stimmenmaterial - plädiert wird richtigerweise für kammermusikalische, allenfalls zu verdoppelnde Quintettbesetzung - ist absolut praxistauglich.
[Acta Mozartiana, 2011]
I’ve no hesitation in recommending it.
[Early Music Review, 2010]