Amendment: when the Köchel listing was updated three times following its original creation, pieces with whole-number designations were allowed to stay the same, while newly discovered pieces were given number/letter designations. In between K. 19 and K. 20 lie Ks. 19a, c, and d. Please forgive this interruption in the sequence.
Days 11a, c, d:
Symphony in F, KV. 19a (part 1, part 2, part 3)
· 2 Oboes
· 2 Cornos (F)
· Strings (optional Cembalo in the basso part)
Composed in London, c. 1765
Aria for Tenor and Orchestra, ”Va, dal furor portata”, KV. 19c (complete recording)
“Va, dal furor portata” is an early concert aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was written 1765 in London, during the Mozart family Grand Tour around Europe when Mozart was nine years old. The words are from Pietro Metastasio’s Ezio, act II, scene 4.
Pietro Metastasio’s libretti are today associated almost exclusively with Baroque and early Classical settings, but they retained some of their popularity even into the early Romantic period, with both Rossini and Bellini utilizing them. This is one of the most operatic of Bellini’s songs, with more than a few devices much more frequently found in arias than in his songs.
The piece opens with a hurried piano introduction that immediately sets a theatrical mood, with dramatic chords. The vocal melody is first taken at a quick pace and is generally simple, though it ends with a few rather theatrical reprises with dramatic changes of dynamics and tempo. The da capo repetition ends with overtly operatic touches from both voice and accompaniment, including the traditional operatic thundering flourish of an ending from the piano. ~ Anne Feeney, All Music Guide
Sonata for Keyboard Four-hands in C Major, KV.19d (part 1, part 2, part 3)
This sonata was composed by the the 9-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during the Mozart family’s Grand Tour of Europe. It was probably first performed by Mozart in Hickford’s Great Room, Brewer Street, accompanied by his sister Maria Anna Mozart on 13 May 1765. It is, as most (if not all) of his early works, heavily influenced by his father Leopold Mozart and other composers who were close to Mozart, e.g. Johann Christian Bach. His father’s harsh demands are clearly portrayed in this early work, but despite this, Mozart’s independence was still in a vague stage of development.
Composed in May 1765, in London.