Divertimento in E-flat, K 166

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

General Info

Year: 1773 / 1981
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Rara
Cost: Score and Parts - $21.95


1. Allegro – 3:20
2. Menuetto - Trio – 2:50
3. Andante grazioso – 2:40
4. Adagio-Allegro – 2:20


Full Score
Oboe I-II
English Horn I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

K. 166 continues in the same vein as its sister piece (K. 186), with the same instrumentation, but the dimensions of the first movements are quite different. With K. 166, we see a closer approximation of sonata form in Mozart's wind music. While the overall form is binary, the appearance of theme groups common to the sonata form cannot be overlooked. These theme groups are constructed in typical Mozart fashion. The primary theme group is often more arpeggiated as opposed to the secondary theme, which is of a more lyrical quality. Certain motifs begin to appear, such as descending chromatic figures. Sure motifs occur frequently throughout his wind music. Mozart's predilection towards pedals as a static quality during transitions is also a recurring feature in his music. Other features of Mozart's wind music such as arpeggiated accompaniment figures are also established. Diminished chords also become an important element in Mozart's music. Their use in the transition sections helps to increase the harmonic tension before they are resolved, leading into a secondary theme.

While the theme groups common to sonata form are present, the lack of any development section argues in favor of a simple binary form as opposed to a sonata form. Even though sonata features are employed in K. 186 and 166, the simplicity of a dance form is retained. It appears that Mozart might be testing the waters of how these simple dances can be heightened dramatically and proportionally to become a more serous musical structure.

- Program Note by Brian Alber


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Mozart, W. (1981). Divertimento in E flat (K 166) for 2 oboes, 2 cor Anglais, 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons [score]. Musica Rara: Monteux, France.