Mozart’s only piano sonata in E-flat major was probably written during his stay in Munich in early 1775. Its first movement – an Adagio, unconventionally – is one of those pieces by the young genius that are immediately and profoundly touching. Two minuets follow, inspired by the timbre of woodwinds; and a quick finale in 2/4 with a striking opening motive concludes this masterwork of medium difficulty. Mozart’s clean manuscript copy is the only editorially relevant source, all the early print editions having proved flawed.

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