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Complete Piano Works Volume II
Polonaise mélancolique b minor op. 17,1
5 medium
Polonaise mélancolique e minor op. 17,2
5 medium
Polonaise mélancolique c minor op. 17,3
4 medium
Polonaise mélancolique g minor op. 17,4
5 medium
Polonaise mélancolique f minor op. 17,5
5 medium

About the Composer


Franz Xaver Mozart

Austrian composer and pianist. In addition to his compositions for piano (including concerti, sonatas, polonaises) he wrote song cycles, chamber music, and other things. His transcriptions of works by his father are important in the reception history of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

1791Born in Vienna on July 26, the youngest son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His mother Constanze set him on an early path toward a career in music. In Prague he receives his first piano lessons from Franz Xaver Niemetschek, and in Vienna he is taught by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Antonio Salieri, and Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, among others.
1802His Piano Quartet in G minor, op. 1, is published.
1808–10In Pidkamin, Galicia, near Lemberg (Lviv), he is appointed personal music teacher to the children of Count Baworowski.
from 1813Works as a freelance composer and teacher.
1818Genesis and publication of his Piano Concerto in E-flat major, op. 25.
1819–22An extended artistic tour takes him through the metropolises of Europe, including Prague, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Berlin, Venice, and Salzburg.
1826He founds the St Cecilia Choir of Lviv.
1838Back in Vienna he gives concerts and teaches. Ernst Pauer is among his pupils.
1841He is named honorary music director of the Salzburg Cathedral Music Society, and of the Mozarteum. His inaugural winter concert that year popularizes Chopin’s works in Vienna.
1842He performs in Salzburg as part of ceremonies to consecrate the monument honoring his father.
1844Dies in Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) on July 29.

About the Authors

Rolf Koenen (Fingering)

As a pupil, Prof. Rolf Koenen, born in 1946 in Duisburg, had already had contact with Ewald Zimmermann, the first editor at the young publishing house. He studied the piano at the Folkwangschule in Essen with Detlef Kraus, with Ludwig Hoffmann in Munich and with Maria Tipo in Florence.

He gave concerts in a permanent duo partnership with Hansjörg Schellenberger, who was later to become the solo oboe player with the Berlin Philharmonic, and made several recordings with the Deutsche Grammophon-Gesellschaft, with Denon and Sony. Other chamber music partners included András Adorján, Stefan Dohr, Wolfgang Schulz, Claes H. Ahnsjö. Following a teaching position in Munich, Rolf Koenen was appointed as a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts in 1982.

To have these works now complete in a two volume set is most welcome. Certainly there are individual works that will sit very well within mixed recitals.

Harpsichord and Fortepian, 2014

Vooral de ietwat weemoedige mineurstukken zijn bijzonder mooi door hun harmonische vondsten ..., exotische toonsoorten ..., orkestrale textuur ... en Chopineske figuraties ...

Pianowereld, 2012

Elsewhere in this fascinating anthology we have some well-crafted if rather anonymus teaching pieces for elementary players, and excellent cadenzas for the piano concertos K467, 450, 466 (finale) and 503 from his father's oeuvre. ... This is a revelatory and laudable issue in every respect.

International Piano, 2012

Questa nuova edizione renderà in parte giustizia al "figlio di Amadeus".

Suonare News, 2013

Henle's preface and general editing is excellent.

Music Teacher Magazine, 2013