Sunday, May 01, 2005

Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto in C - Andantino

After an introduction by the orchestra, the flute solo enters with the harpist soon to follow. The notes at the beginning of the melody/main motive are very separated, but this leads to very legato, slurred passages for most of the rest of the melody. After the flute has entered, the orchestra just about disappears and the harp takes over its role. The orchestra comes back throughout the piece mostly as accompaniment when the flute and harp aren't playing. The flute and harp work together in the performing of the melody. They share/switch the roles of soloist and accompanist. Overall, the movement sounds really repetitious to me - it sounds primarily like the main motive being repeated a lot. About 2/3 of the way through the piece, there it sounds like it's coming to a close, but it's just the end of a section within the movement, but is terminative nonetheless. Then the only harp alone section comes in. Following this, the tempo starts to increase and the flute reenters. A lot more motion is given to this repeat of the melody by the constant arpeggiations on the harp, which pushes the feeling of the tempo forward. This calms down gradually, and the piece ends up dropping in tempo and dynamic at the end.


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Anonymous said...

I love this concerto. I play flute and hope to one day be able to play this. It's very pretty and I love to listen to it.

Anonymous said...

i don't find it particularly overwhelming in it's repetition. Mozart is sticking to the Sonata form well. the main motive is exposed, changes key in the development and only returns to it's original form close to the end of the piece in recapitulation. Personally, I find the development interesting and I love how Mozart plays around with cadenza's etc. This piece is brilliant, i too play flute and hope one day i can play it.