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Just wondering if anyone knows which are the various cadenzas available for this concerto? I am not sure if Mozart wrote a version for this concerto, and am also curious what people think is the best, perhaps also mentioning degrees of difficulty if known.

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Mozart didn't leave a cadenza for this concerto - unless one's been discovered recently and I haven't heard about it! Beethoven did, however, and that's the one that's most often played, I would think. I have the Lili Kraus edition of the complete cadenzas by Mozart for his piano concertos, and the Beethoven is the only one she has for K466 (for some others she has written her own where there's no Mozart one surviving).


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Beethoven's is the most often played, Brahms and Hummel also wrote pretty good ones. There are more that I can't think of off the top of my head... Clara Schumann, Casadesus.

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Beethoven's cadenza works quite well, IMO, and I liked it a lot because it was a fiery ending. I didn't play the Brahms' cadenza, but I looked through it and it seems a little more challenging (my teacher told me it was, too). I would have preferred to play the Brahms if I were to re-learn the piece.

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The other really worthwhile (and fun!) thing to do is to write your own - or improvise your own, though I doubt I'd be game enough to improvise one in performance! When I performed the C minor K491 (it doesn't have a Mozart cadenza either) I devised my own. Also did it for the 3rd movement of K175.


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There was an mp3 of Martha Argerich playing the Mozart at age 8 (!) posted on an Argerich DB some months back. She played a very impressive, though not terribly authentic sounding cadenza.

One of the members identified it as written by one B. Sekles and published by Zen-on Music, a Japanese firm.


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What is the cadenza alfred brendel uses?


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