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Programmes to celebrate Mozart's 250th anniversary

Here is a selection of the exciting and wonderful music that Diana Ambache and the orchestra played to celebrate 250 years since Mozart's birth in 1756.

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MOZART - child prodigy to full genius
for piano, oboe and reader
Mozart as a child (idealised version!);
detail from painting by Joseph Duplessis
Music from Mozart's early and middle life,
incorporating two letters by Leopold Mozart and six by Wolfgang

MOZART Sonata in A, K12 (Mozart the prodigy)
MOZART Sonata in A minor, K310 (Mozart the bereaved)
J C BACH Sonata in D (Mozart's love of the 'English' Bach)
J S BACH Allegro from Sonata in G minor (Mozart & fugues)
MOZART Allegro in A minor, K402
MOZART Sonata in F, K376 (Mozart the independent adult)

Mozart's standing as the most loved composer in western music needs no justifying. However many people feel they don't know the man behind the music, except through Peter Schaffer's Amadeus.

This programme brings Mozart the person to life by combining his own words with his music. In a series of vignettes interwoven with music of the same date, Mozart - the creator of such miraculous music - becomes all too human, with hopes and fears like all of us.

Starting with some astonishing music written when he was only eight years old, the programme tells of his brilliant success as a child prodigy, his feelings on his mother's death, his affection for two of the famous Bach family, and concludes with his famous battle with the Archbishop of Salzburg.

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for piano, ob/cor, vn, va, vc (5 players) and optional reader
Mozart by Johann Nepomuk della Croce (detail)
MOZART Piano Trio in B flat, K502
MOZART Oboe Quartet in F, K370
MOZART Adagio for cor anglais and string trio, K580a
MOZART Piano Quartet in G minor, K487

This fine programme of chamber works encompasses music of brilliance, playfulness, intimacy and drama. It opens with one of Mozart's most splendid Piano Trios - K502 - a work of inspired mastery and nobility of invention.

Friend and colleague Friedrich Ramm inspired the Oboe Quartet, which is full of delightful capers and frolics. The hallowed atmosphere of the cor anglais Adagio makes a beautiful contrast both to that and the ensuing Piano Quartet, which has an intensely passionate first movement, a lyrical Andante and a showy Finale.

The programme can also be done with readings from Mozart's letters of the period, illustrating his thoughts on life and his musical preoccupations.

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for piano, clarinet and string quartet (6 players)
A pianoforte 'concert' in an 18th century household
MOZART Piano Concerto No 12 in A, K414
MOZART Piano Concerto No 13 in C, K415
MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A, K581

Mozart wrote to a Parisian publisher in 1783 " I have three piano concertos ready, which can be performed with full orchestra, or merely a quattro." A wonderfully pragmatic approach, but in fact this chamber version brings out new qualities in the music by allowing each voice to be heard more clearly. The two concertos have contrasting moods; richness and intimacy are at the heart of the A major concerto, and the C major work shines with sunny optimism and brilliance.

The Clarinet Quintet, written for his friend Stadler, was one of the greatest musical gifts of all time, combining exquisite writing for the instrument with great nobility of expression.

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for piano, 2ob, 2hn, strings (24 players)
Getreidegasse 9, Vorderansicht, where the
Mozart family lived from 1747 to 1773
MOZART Piano Concerto No 8 in C, K246
MOZART Symphony No 29 in A, K201
MOZART Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat, K271

This programme shows Mozart the fully developed young man, master of his art, and nearly ready to move on to wider horizons. His coming of age is illustrated by two concertos from 1778: the playful and high spirited No 8 in C, and the ground breaking No 9 in E flat. Einstein called this latter one Mozart's Eroica, because of its bold vitality, profound slow movement, and ground breaking Finale incorporating a Minuet.

The programme is completed with the perennially popular A major symphony which was written four years earlier. It is full of wit, grace and warmth, and has a wonderfully exuberant Finale.

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for piano, fl, 2ob, 2bn, 2hn, strings (27 players)
portrait of Mozart by Joseph Lange
MOZART Symphony No 33 in B flat, K319
MOZART Piano Concerto No 19 in F, K459
MOZART Piano Concerto in B flat, K595

This is a programme of three works illustrating the richness of Mozart's ongoing development.

The light textures and relaxed lyricism of the symphony make a wonderful concert opener. The F major concerto, from Mozart's most fêted time in Vienna, has such full and deftly woven writing for the wind instruments that it could almost be called a Sinfonia Concertante.

The B flat concerto, the last of his great series of concertos and writtern near the end of his life, has a lofty dignity which expresses his rare understanding of experience and humanity.

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for piano, fl, 2 obs, 2 cls, 2 bns, 2 hn, 2 tp, timps, strings (32 players)
The Redoutensaal in Vienna, where Mozart played
MOZART Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat, K482
MOZART Symphony No 36 in C, K425, The 'Linz'
MOZART Piano Concerto No 21 in C, K467

These three masterpieces all date from the time of Mozart's greatest success in Vienna (1783-5). The opening Concerto, written at the time of Figaro, replaces oboes with clarinets and achieves a burnished warmth throughout. The exciting 'hunting' Finale includes a surprising and elegant Minuet.

Haydn's influence is evident in the Linz Symphony, which has a touch of the traditional C major ceremonial character, using trumpets and drums. The Finale is one of Mozart's wittiest instrumental pieces.

And the slow movement of the Piano Concerto No 21 has become especially famous for its romantic use in the film 'Elvira Madigan'.

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