Quartet in G Major, K. 370
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
For flute, violin, viola, and cello
Edited by Paul M. Douglas
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
Duration: 15 minutes
Originally in F Major for Oboe and Strings.
For quite some time flutists have been including this quartet in their repertoire, and there are now a number of recordings available, much to the chagrin of the oboists. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries such transcriptions were quite common, not only were they accepted, but also expected. The present edition comes from one of these [anonymous] transcriptions in which the key was shifted from F Major to G Major in an obvious attempt to favour the texture of the flute. There were also some liberties taken with the individual parts – some in good taste, some not. The editor has elected to keep some of these 'ornaments', but in general the object was to retain the overall spirit of the composer's intentions. Naturally, these intentions were originally designed for the oboe and not the flute, hence the transcriber's decisions to change the key to G Major and to indulge in some of the flutistically idiomatic passage work and the aformentioned ornaments.
In the string parts, a number of corrections and alterations had to be made, again because of the change to the new key. These in particular in the case of double stops.
-Paul M. Douglas, Editor