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Anybody still clinging on to the backwards belief that Mozart on the keyboard was only capable of simple and "light" music should immediately listen to his Fantasy and Fugue, composed in 1782.



Clear precursor to Beethoven, Schubert, and even Schumann, while building off of Bach and Handel.

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Late Mozart exhibits some very obvious foreshadowing of Beethoven that perhaps Haydn didn't. I think most classical music people are aware of this.

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Not for piano they aren't. Other than the Fantasy in D Minor, which is played ad nauseum.

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Originally Posted by achoo42
Not for piano they aren't. Other than the Fantasy in D Minor, which is played ad nauseum.
The Fantasy in D Minor is played ad nauseum because it is relatively easy. Better comparable examples would be the Fantasia in c minor K475 and Sonata K 310.


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He composed music on the piano. The best music.

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The Fantasy and Sonata in C Minor are anything but light.


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Even his Twinkle, Twinkle variations (K265) contain moments of pathos.
As does A Little Night (not Light) Music, known to non-cognoscenti as Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

With Mozart, gaiety and lightness are rarely allowed to continue for long without a passing of dark clouds......


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I don't really agree with the premise of this thread but thanks for posting the link. I somehow never heard this one.

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Huh. What do you think is the premise of the thread?

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I think I understand your point but I've never heard anything about Mozart only composing light music for piano.

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Originally Posted by Pathbreaker
I somehow never heard this one.
I like the Fugue, but the Prelude's not very musical, IMHO. Perhaps why it's not played more often.

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While it's true that the majority of Mozart's Piano Sonatas and Piano Concerti are in major keys and on the happy side:
1. Some of the slow movements in the major key sonatas or concerti are much more intense or sad. Three examples are the slow movements from K.330 and K. 332 and the slow movement of the PC #23.

2. There are many other piano pieces by Mozart that do not fit the light and happy mode. The two that are maybe the best known are the a minor Rondo and Adagio in b minor, both generally considered masterpieces.

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I've never heard of the idea that Mozart only wrote light music for the piano.

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I, like pretty much everyone else, have never heard anyone ever say that Mozart only wrote light music for the piano. Just like I have never heard anyone say that Lamborghini only manufactures cars for race tracks.

I think THAT is why people are trying to grasp the premise of this thread.

When I was a hot-headed teenager I used to go around saying that Mozart wrote the "easiest" music to play compared to Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, but I was soon picked up and put on the right track during my audition for university... smile


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