Six Sonatas (K10, K11, K12, K13, K14, K15) by W.A. Mozart
For Flute and Piano
Edited by Louis Moyse
Sonata in Bb Major (K10)
Sonata in G Major (K11)
Sonata in A Major (K12)
Sonata in F Major (K13)
Sonata in C Major (K14)
Sonata in Bb Major (K15)
The six Sonatas for flute and piano presented in this edition were written by Mozart when he was eight years old. They are dedicated to the Queen of England. As soon as one approaches these Sonatas, one is astonished by the genius, and matured thought, already apparent in a child: all what will be found in Mozart later on is already potentially here in these works. Nevertheless, in spite of the promising titles for flutists, it is obvious that they were written more for violin than flute; very often, the writing is too low for the register of the flute, and the use of chords is frequent; all this implies, without doubt, that the violin was a second instrument in Mozart's mind and not the flute. Besides this, the violin (or flute) part is, for most of the time, an accompaniment in the full sense of the word. It is not too rewarding for either the violinist or flutist, even by playing an octave higher the sections which were not playable on the flute (as it was done frequently at that time).
Also, reversing the position of the notes too often results in a regrettable alteration in the construction of the dialogue in the melodic lines, as well as in the chords. In this edition, the editor did not hesitate to give the flute part a more important role, by sometimes interchanging the right hand of the piano with the violin part, establishing in this way a fairer dialogue between both instruments. yet respecting to the maximum the real deep musical thought of an eight year old genius.
The dynamics are almost inexistent in Mozart's score; the ones are added, in parenthesis, should be taken as serious suggestions.