W.A.Mozart :: Sechs Deutsche Tänze KV509
This piece is so incredible fun to play! Really. Fully unknown to me till a few weeks ago, can you imagine that?? The book fell open by accident on that page and... I started playing. And did not quit for a few hours that morning.
I just love it, and hope you do as well! It might show you a Mozart that is a bit lesser known, so joyful, dancing, ... but in this genre, it is Wolfgang at his best. KV 509, not really early work, so what else would you expect?
The keyboard transcription is originally Mozart. In fact, he wrote the keyboard version before the orchestral version, something he -according to the introduction in the Neue Mozart Ausgabe - was not used to do (that would have been a bit too simple, not?).
The manuscript of the keyboard version has been lost (a photographic copy still exists), that of the orchestral score has been preserved. From the latter, we learn that Mozart intended to repeat both the Maggiore AND the Alternativo part. That feels a bit strange at first. Not the repetition of the Maggiore part (that is very similar as the repetition of a trio), but the complete Alternativo feels at first as a bit too much.
It is the only way however, since the 6 dances are connected by small bridges that only make sense by following Mozart's directions. It is possible, within the same logic, to continue directly from the Alternativo to the bridges, but the downsize of that is that you really expect the Maggiore to be repeated.
The instrument -you hear me coming- my clavichord obviously, works great for this music. It dances, it vibrates, it shakes on its tiny legs, and we both had a terrific time recording this ingenious piece, of which it is impressive to undergo the ease of composing.
Mozart 1787. It always hurts seeing these late dates, at least for him. Imagine what... but no, let's be so incredible thankful that that human angel gave us so much beauty, so incredible much that we must forget what the force of nature prevented him to give more.