Washington: [Library of Congress], 1976. Hardcover.
Oblong folio. Original publisher's cloth boards with titling gilt to upper and spine. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (title), [i] (preface), [i] (blank), 3-11 pp. text, [i] (blank), 1f. (secondary title), 91, [i] pp. autograph musical manuscript facsimile
Binding very slightly rubbed.
The "Gran Partita," or Serenade in B-flat major, is scored for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 basset horns, 4 horns, 2 bassoons and double bass. "Stylistic evidence suggests that the work was commissioned... by Anton Stadler... On March 23, 1784, four movements of the B-flat Serenade were premiered by Stadler and twelve other musicians at the National-Hoftheater in Vienna. The performance was announced in the newspaper Wienerblättchen and was chronicled with great admiration by Johann Friedrich Schink, who attended the concert and described in his Memoirs his delight and admiration for Stadler's performance and Mozart's work.... The work's texture is of a roundness and fullness of sonority that can be breathtaking in an intimate concert hall. It is fitting that it closes Mozart's great period of wind writing." Zaslaw and Cowdery p. 248.
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