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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Epistle Sonata in C major K.328 (for Wind Quintet)

An energetic 5-minute workout for all five players...

The ‘Epistle’ (or ‘Church’) Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) arose from Mozart's appointment, at the age of sixteen, as Konzertmeister to the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, Hieronimus Franz von Paula, Count Colloredo. One of Mozart's duties was to provide music between the readings of the Epistle and the Gospel during the Masses held at court. If a group of musicians happened to be resident there, Mozart would pen a brief piece in sonata form for the available forces. Some of these pieces, including the one arranged here, are scored for an intimate group of two violins, cello and organ continuo; others are on a much larger scale, being written for strings, with oboes, horns, trumpets and drums. This particular piece has an obbligato organ part, i.e. the player has some material specifically composed as part of the musical argument, rather than merely being instructed to play continuo.

As with the Sonata in F major K.145, this arrangement does not attempt to reproduce the idioms of period wind writing. However, I hope it’s exuberance has enough restraint and taste to keep Mozart purists at least reasonably calm…


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

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