Thursday’s Classic Concert: Mozart – Oboe Concerto in C, K. 314 / K. 271 k

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314 was originally composed in Spring or Summer 1777 for oboist Giuseppe Ferlendis (1755–1802) from Bergamo, then reworked by the composer as a concerto for flute in D major in 1778. The concerto is a widely-studied piece for both instruments and is one of the more important concerti for the oboe. As with his Flute Concerto No. 1, the piece is arranged for a standard set of orchestral strings, two oboes, and two horns. The piece itself is divided into three movements:
    I.   0:00-6:49    Allegro aperto
  II.  6:55-14: 49   Adagio non troppo
III. 14:20-19:49   Rondo: Allegretto.
While the original version for oboe had been lost before Alfred Einstein wrote Mozart: His Character, His Work, the oboe origin of the flute concerto was suspected then, in part because of references in letters to a now-missing oboe concerto, as Einstein wrote, and of similar details in the orchestral string lines which suggested a transposition was used. Also, Einstein noted the two scores in D Major and C Major of the K. 314 Concerto in the Library of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreundein Vienna, which led to the belief that the oboe concerto was the origin of the flute concerto. The orchestra parts of the composition and solo oboe part in C were rediscovered by Bernhard Paumgartner in Salzburg, in 1920.

English: Comparison of various oboes. From lef...

English: Comparison of various oboes. From left to right: 3-keyed Baroque oboe; 4-keyed Classical oboe; 8-keyed Early Romantic oboe; Triebert-Systeme-3-type Late Romantic oboe; “Buffet Greenline” Modern oboe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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