Great Compositions/Performances: Mozart – Serenade in G major, K. 525 ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ -Conductor: Jordi Savall Le Concert des Nations Ensemble


Mozart Serenade ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ in G major, K.525 / Jordi Savall

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 † 1791)
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria
Work: Serenade No.13 for strings in G major “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”, K.525

01. Allegro
02. Romance (Andante)
03. Menuetto (Allegretto) – Trio
04. Rondo (Allegro)

Violin: Manfredo Kraemer
Violin II: Pablo Valetti
Viola: Angelo Bartoletti
Cello: Bruno Cocset
Double-bass: Xavier Puertas

Conductor: Jordi Savall
Le Concert des Nations Ensemble

Artwork: Fete in a Wood by Nicolas Lancret

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525, is a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means “a little serenade,” though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as “a little night music.”[1] The work is written for an ensemble of two violinsviola, and cello with optional double bass, but is often performed by string orchestras.[2]




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Composition, publication, and reception

The serenade was completed in Vienna on 10 August 1787,[2] around the time Mozart was working on the second act of his opera Don Giovanni.[3] It is not known why it was composed.[4] Hildesheimer (1991, 215), noting that most of Mozart’s serenades were written on commission, suggests that this serenade, too, was a commission, whose origin and first performance were not recorded.

The traditionally used name of the work comes from the entry Mozart made for it in his personal catalog, which begins, “Eine kleine Nacht-Musik.”[5] As Zaslaw and Cowdery point out, Mozart almost certainly was not giving the piece a special title, but only entering in his records that he had completed a little serenade.[6]

The work was not published until about 1827, long after Mozart’s death, by Johann André in Offenbach am Main.[2] It had been sold to this publisher in 1799 by Mozart’s widow Constanze, part of a large bundle of her husband’s compositions.

Today the serenade is widely performed and recorded; indeed both Jacobson (2003, 38) and Hildesheimer (1992, 215) opine that the serenade is the most popular of all Mozart’s works. Of the music, Hildesheimer writes, “even if we hear it on every street corner, its high quality is undisputed, an occasional piece from a light but happy pen.”[7]

6 responses to “Great Compositions/Performances: Mozart – Serenade in G major, K. 525 ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ -Conductor: Jordi Savall Le Concert des Nations Ensemble

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