Horn Quintet in E-flat major

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arr. Arie van Hoet)

This work bears the designations K.407/386c

General Info

Year: 1782 / 2008
Duration: c. 17:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Horn quintet with strings
Publisher: Arie van Hoek
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

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1. Allegro – 6:15
2. Andante – 7:20
3. Allegro – 4:00


Full Score
Solo Horn in F
B-flat Soprano Clarinet


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Program Notes

Mozart wrote his Quintet in E flat major, K. 407, for French horn, violin, two violas and bass (cello) in Vienna in 1782. The work was written in the composer's first year of independence in Vienna for the Salzburg horn-player Ignaz Leutgeb (Leitgeb), who had been a member of the musical establishment of the Archbishop and had followed the Mozarts to Italy in 1773. Leutgeb had settled in Vienna in 1777 and there established himself, with money borrowed from Leopold Mozart, in what he described as "ein kleines schneckenhaus" (a little snail-shell of a place), with business as a cheesemonger. He remained a loyal friend of the Mozarts and it was for him that the composer wrote his horn concertos and other works with horn obbligato.

The quintet, after a brief introduction, allows the horn the principal themes, briefly developed before the re-appearance of the first subject in a recapitulation. The strings open the slow movement, followed by the horn, a reminder of the praise French critics had bestowed on Leutgeb twelve years before, when he was the first to use hand-stopping horn technique in the city and was much admired for his ability to "sing an Adagio". The quintet ends with a rondo, in which the horn announces the principal melodies in a texture to which the use of two violas instead of two violins adds a sonorous element.

- Program Note (string edition) by Keith Anderson for liner notes of NAXOs CD Mozart: Chamber Music


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