Quartet in G Major, K. 282
Composed by W.A. Mozart – Robert Stallman
For flute, violin, violin, viola, and cello
Published by Masters Music
Includes score and parts
This is Stallman's re-creation of Mozart's Piano Sonata in Eb K282, his fourth sonata in a set of six, written in Munich in 1775.
The Quartet in G is my re-creation of Mozart's Piano Sonata in E flat, K. 282, his fourth sonata in a set of six, written in Munich in 1775. This, then, is the sequel to the Quartet in C, K. 281 (originally the Piano Sonata in B flat), also published by Masters Music Publications as M 3895.
Mozart's extended visit to Munich from January until March, 1775, served a dual purpose. His newly finished opera La finta giardiniera had its premiere there on January 13, and, thanks to the guiding presence of Mozart and his father, was a considerable success. At the same time, with a keen eye towards obtaining a position at the Munich court, Mozart worked apace to compose his first piano sonatas, compositions he undoubtedly used as vehicles to demonstrate both his youthful promise as a composer and his brilliance as a keyboard virtuoso.
Unlike the three preceding sonatas, K. 282 is startlingly original in its form. Its first movement, a tender and bittersweet Adagio, characterized by sudden expressive dynamic shifts, replaces the expected opening Allegro. (A parallel treatment is found in only one other Mozart sonata, the popular Sonata in A, K. 331, which opens with an Andante and variations.) Two sprightly Menuets form the central movement: the first, arch and witty; the second, elegant and lyrical.
In the last movement, the nineteen-year-old Mozart tips his hat to Papa Haydn, in a kick-up-your-heels Allegro, whose infectious two-note motto and whirlwind passagework propel us to a breathless finish.
– Robert Stallman