|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart KV1 478|
Quartet for Piano & Strings in G minorPiano quartet in G minor. 1785. Time: 25'00.
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Composition and reception
Mozart received a commission for three quartets in 1785 from the publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister. Hoffmeister thought this quartet was too difficult and that the public would not buy it, so he released Mozart from the obligation of completing the set. (Nine months later, Mozart composed a second quartet in E-flat major, the K. 493, anyway)..
Hofmeister's fear that the work was too difficult for amateurs was borne out by an article in the Journal des Luxus und der Moden published in Weimar in June 1788. The article highly praised Mozart and his work, but expressed dismay over attempts by amateurs to perform it:
The assessment accords with a view widely held of Mozart in his own lifetime, that of a greatly talented composer who wrote very difficult music.
At the time the piece was written, the harpsichord was still widely used. Although the piece was originally published with the title "Quatuor pour le Clavecin ou Forte Piano, Violon, Tallie [sic] et Basse," stylistic evidence suggests Mozart intended the piano part for "the 'Viennese' fortepiano of the period" and that our modern piano is "a perfectly acceptable alternative."
In 1785, the 14-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven wrote three Piano Quartets, WoO 36, but these are not played anywhere near as often as Mozart's.
The work is in three movements:
Editions and versions
The quartet is also available in an arrangement for string quintet.
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