This much-beloved flute piece is probably an alternative slow movement for Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G major, and in its version with piano accompaniment it is indispensable to today’s flute teaching and to home music-making. This is undoubtedly due to the broad, sweeping cantilenas of the flute part, which, moreover, can easily be mastered by students; note the piece’s low level of difficulty (3).
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The Andante in C major for flute and orchestra (K. 315) is associated with a commission Mozart received from the amateur flutist Ferdinand Dejean in Mannheim in December 1777. Mozart was asked, for a generous fee of 200 gulden, to compose for him “three small, easy and short concertos and a couple of quartets for the flute” (letter of December 10, 1777 to his father). But … more
About the composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart is one of the few composers to have produced masterpieces in all genres. On the concert tours he undertook in his early years (London, Mannheim, Italy, Paris) he gained many varied musical impressions that he assimilated in his youth and which formed the prerequisite for his later consummate musical language.
|1756||Born in Salzburg on January 27, the son of musician and later court composer Leopold Mozart. His early regimented musical education from his father began in 1761, first compositions at age five.|
|1763–66||Extended concert tours through various German cities and to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Switzerland. He composes his first sonatas for violin and piano, K. 10–15, dedicated to Queen Charlotte, as well as the first symphonies from London, K. 16 and 19, which show the influence of the works of Johann Christian Bach and Karl Friedrich Abel (the three-movement Italian sinfonia form).|
|1767||Premiere in Salzburg of the sacred light opera “Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebotes,” K. 35 (written with Michael Haydn and Anton C. Adlgasser), and the intermezzo “Apollo et Hyacinthus,” K. 38. Journeys with his father and sister to Vienna.|
|1768||Probably the premiere in Vienna of his Singspiel “Bastien and Bastienne,” K. 50. Composition of his first masses.|
|1769||Performance in Salzburg of the dramma giocoso “La finta semplice,” K. 51.|
|1769–71||Two tours to Italy; he meets Farinelli, P. Nardini, and Padre Martini, among others, and, on the second trip, Hasse. Premieres in Milan of his opera seria “Mitridate, Re di Ponto” in 1770 and of the festa teatrale “Ascanio in Alba” in 1771. Composition of symphonies and his first string quartet (1770, K. 80).|
|1771||Composition of the oratorio “La Betulia liberate,” K. 118, in Salzburg/Italy.|
|1772||Premiere of the serenata drammatica “Il sogno di Scipione,” K. 126, for the accession of Salzburg Archbishop Hieronymus Count Colloredo. He receives an appointment as salaried concertmaster of the Salzburg Court Chapel (of which he had been an unpaid member since 1769). Third journey to Italy with his father, premiere in Milan of the dramma per musica “Lucio Silla,” with general success. The final trip to Italy spells the ends of his youthful phase of appropriation; he has tested out all important instrumental genres (symphony, sonata, string quartet) and all the main genres of opera (Singspiel, opera buffa, opera seria, festa teatrale).|
|from 1773||Composition of string quartets (K. 168–173) under the influence of Haydn, and of symphonies, divertimenti, serenades. He increasingly devotes himself, contingent upon the duties of his post, to liturgical music; several masses are written. Begins to compose violin and piano concerti.|
|1775||Premiere in Munich of the dramma giocoso “La finta giardiniera” and the serenata “Il Rè pastore.” Piano sonatas, K. 279–284.|
|1777||He vacates his post temporarily to undertaken a promotional tour with his mother to Munich, Mannheim, and Paris.|
|1778||Composition of the “Paris” Symphony in D major (K. 297). In Paris he experiences the quarrel between the proponents of Gluck and those of Piccinni. Publication of violin sonatas.|
|1779||Resumes his duties in Salzburg, as court organist. Coronation Mass in C major.|
|1781||Premiere in Munich of his tragédie lyrique “Idomeneo,” in which French and Italian elements are synthesized. Journey to Vienna. After his falling out with the Archbishop of Salzburg, he gives up his post, moves to Vienna, and earns his living as a free composer through concertizing and giving music lessons. His last great period of creativity begins.|
|1782||He becomes acquainted with the works of Bach and Handel through Baron van Swieten; after this he arranges Bachian fugues and incorporates the “learned style” (fugues and counterpoint) into his works beside the “galant style” (e.g. in the String Quartet in G major, K. 387, in 1782; Piano Sonata in F major, K. 533, in 1786; the Jupiter Symphony, K. 551, in 1788; “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”), and the Requiem in D minor, K. 626, both in 1791). Premiere in Vienna of his Singspiel “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (“The Abduction from the Seraglio”). Composition of the Haffner Symphony in D major, K. 385.|
|1783||Mass in C minor, K. 427; Linz Symphony in C major, K. 425.|
|1784||Hunt Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458.|
|1785||Premiere in Vienna of the oratorio “Davide penitente,” K. 469. “Dissonance” Quartet in C major, K. 465.|
|1786||Premiere of the comedy with music “Der Schauspieldirektor” (“The Impresario”), K. 486, which Salieri’s competing work “Prima la musica e poi le parole” (“First the Music and Then the Words”) bests. Premiere in Vienna of the opera buffa “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”), whose extended action-packed finales form a highpoint of opera buffa. Prague Symphony in D major, K. 504.|
|1787||Serenade in G major (“Eine kleine Nachtmusik”), K. 525. He is named imperial and royal chamber composer. Premiere in Prague of the dramma giocoso “Il dissoluto punito ossia Il Don Giovanni,” a synthesis of serious and comic opera.|
|1788||Composition of the large Symphonies in E-flat major, K. 543; G minor, K. 550; and C major (Jupiter Symphony), K. 551. Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581.|
|1790||Premiere in Vienna of the dramma giocoso “Così fan tutte ossia La scuola degli amanti.”|
|1791||Premiere in Prague of the opera seria “La clemenza di Tito” and in Vienna of the Singspiel “Die Zauberflöte.” Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622. The Requiem remains unfinished. Dies in Vienna on December 5.|
About the authors
Les éditions Henle sortent une nouvelle collection comprenant les grandes pages de la musique concertante du répertoire avec la partie orchestrale réduite à un piano. ... Cette collection comporte les doigtés pour la partie soliste, une présentation claire (avec un effort particulier concernant les tournes) ainsi qu'une introduction trilingue.
Finalemente anche la grandi case dell'editoria musicale si stanno accorgendo dell'importanza del repertorio Flautistico, così anche la Henle Verlag, la grande casa editrice di Monaco, un punto di riferimento tra le edizioni cosí dette "Urtext", si è lanciata nel mondo del flauto. ... Poco c'è da dire sulla qualità dell'edizione che, come è abituale per la Verlag, è di altissima qualitsà, sia per la leggibilità della parte, la qual cosa non è assolutamente di secondaria importanza, sia per la cura dell'edizione critica che segue i più severi dettami di un'edizione critica: estrema attendibilità verso l'autografo e la prima edizione, ...
Die Kadenz wurde von Robert D. Levin im Mozartstil verfasst. Auch hier ist das Notenbild sehr klar und übersichtlich.
L'édition, comme toujours chez la firme Henle, est extrêmement soignée et d'une clarté exemplaire. ... Enfin, les cadences sont proposées par Robert Levin dans une conception didactique intéressante. Elles sont de dimensions un peu plus restreintes que les grandes cadences (Rampal, Marion, Taffanel ...) auxquelles nombre d'entre nous sont habitués, mais elles s'attachent surtout à mettre en valeur des sections typiques d'improvisation, instruisant ainsi l'interprète sur les cellules mélodiques et rythmiques à choisir et le traitement à leur apporter. Ces cadences – ou plutôt ces exemples de cadences – sont donc en quelque sorte "à géométrie variable". Il est possible de les construire ou simplement de s'en inspirer à sa guise. La démarche vaut la peine d'être soulignée et contribue à faire de ces éditions un matériel didactique de premier ordre.
Die Ausarbeitung der Klavierpartie durch Jan Philip Schulze (KV 315, 447) und Siegfried Petrenz (KV 219, 313, 314) geben die musikalische Substanz in wünschenswertem Maße wieder, ohne je überfüllt zu wirken oder gar pianistischer Selbstdarstellung zu frönen. ... Robert D. Levin gestaltet technisch anspruchsvolle und stilistisch einfühlsame Soloauftritte. Wer sich als Spieler nicht auf die eigene Improvisationsgabe verlassen will oder kann, der sollte sich getrost dieses Materials bedienen. ... Fazit: Diese "taubenblauen Urtexte" sollten den Weg auf viele Notenpulte finden!
I like this Urtext edition of Mozart very much, and the main reason is that the piano reductions are playable and pianistic, unlike some other editions I have in my cupboard! But also the flute parts are cleanly and pleasingly presented. At the back there are some imaginative suggestions for cadenzas by Robert Levin, full of choices and possible cuts and combinations and "lead-ins" ... I would definitely recommend this edition for both teaching and performing - it is unfussy and refreshing.
Bewertung: Empfehlenswert; Die beiden Kadenzvorschläge hat der bekannte Mozart-Rekonstrukteur Robert D. Levin beigesteuert: Durch raffinierte Markierungen entsteht ein Baukastensystem, mit dem sich der Interpret aus den Vorschlägen zahlreiche eigene Versionen der Kadenz zusammenstellen kann - eine ausgezeichnete Idee.