Morning Glories: Mozart

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
January 27, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.

Monday is Mozart's birthday, and we'll have a week of Mozart Morning Glories. We'll sample the music of this most versatile of composers with five works, each in a different genre.


Mozart: Piano Sonata in F, K. 533
The piano was Mozart's instrument. He deftly combined two independent piano pieces to make this sonata.


Mozart: String Quartet in G, K. 387 ("Spring")
This is the first of the quartets that Mozart dedicated to Haydn — the two men were not only colleagues but close friends and mutual admirers.


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
For some, Mozart's piano concertos are his most distinctive achievement. We'll hear Christian Zacharias and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.


Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in g, K. 550
What's the most recognizable Mozart symphony? It might be this one.


Mozart: Vesperae solennes, K. 339
The title notwithstanding, these "solemn vespers" contain lively, exuberant choral writing.

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