180 Days With Mozart And Me

A Survey Of The Philips Complete Mozart Edition…From Symphonies Through Theatre And Ballet Music

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Of Beginnings and Endings (Theatre and Ballet Music, Box 17)

June 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 17: Theatre and Ballet Music, K15 (various), K33, Kochel catalogue, London (1764-5), London Sketchbook, Mozart at 8, Mozart at 9, Sir Neville Marriner

Theatre and Ballet MusicI just opened the last box of CDs, box 17 Theatre and Ballet Music * Rarities * Surprises.

I’ve been listening to Mozart non-stop for a few days shy of six months. This box of CDs represents the final five days in my journey.

And a fitting end it’ll be, too. We’re back to instrumental music!

But not just instrumental music. Snippets of music. Fragments, really.

According to the Köchel catalogue, the music on this CD is referred to as Mozart’s “London Sketchbook,” 43 short pieces of music Mozart jotted down while living in London circa 1764-5 when he was eight or nine.

Theatre and Ballet MusicDespite the unfinished nature of these compositions, even given Mozart’s young age, I find these snippets to be fun, compelling, and surprisingly realized.

Two more pluses: (1) They’re performed by The Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields and conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, and (2) No vocals!

Here is what I listened to today, complete with the best guesses of scholars regarding where and when each composition was penned. This information was pieced together from The Compactothèque book + CD, which is an essential purchase if you want the fullest enjoyment from the Philips Complete Mozart Edition. It’s only about $8 and the sampler CD, alone, is remarkably enjoyable. But the booklet is gold, Jerry! Gold! Keep in mind, some of these places and dates are merely guesses. But I find it fascinating to see even guesses for some of these compositions. They help me put Mozart’s life and creative output in perspective.

For example, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756. With that in mind, take a look at where and when these pieces were composed. I’ll add Mozart’s approximate age in the parenthetical data below each composition:

1. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Three Contredanses – in F, K.33B (added by E. Smith) (The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields)
2. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Three Contredanses – in F, K.15h
3. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Three Contredanses – in F, K.15x
4. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in C – 1. [Maestoso], K.15b
5. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in C – 2. [Allegro], K.15a
6. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in C – 3. [Menuetto], K.15f
7. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in G minor – 1. [Allegro non troppo], K.15p
8. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in G minor – 2. [Andante], K.15q
9. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in G minor – 3. [Finale], K.15r
10. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in D – 1. [Marcia (Andantino)], K.15o
11. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in D – 2. [Notturno (Andantino)], K.15bb
12. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in D – 3. [Contredanse (Allegro)], K.15l
13. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in D – 4. [Menuetto - Trio], K.15i & 15k
14. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in D – 5. [Finale (Allegro moderato)], K.15d
5. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Two Contredanses – in G, K.15e
16. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Two Contredanses – in C minor, K.15z
17. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in F – 1. [Allegro], K.15t
18. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in F – 2. [Siciliana (Andantino)], K.15u
19. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in F – 3. [Finale (Allegro)], K.15v
20. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in B flat – 1. [Marcia (Andantino)], K.15ii
21. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in B flat – 2. [Presto], K.15ll
22. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in B flat – 3. [Menuetto - Trio], K.15p & 15qq
23. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in B flat – 4. [Adagio], K.15mm
24. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in B flat – 5. [Cotillon (Allegro)], K.15gg
25. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in E flat – 1. [Allegro assai], K.15kk
26. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in E flat – 2. [Andante], K.15dd
27. The London Sketchbook, K. 15a-ss (arr. and/or orch. E. Smith) – Divertimento in E flat – 3. [Menuetto - Trio], K.15cc & 15ff
- London, 1764-5 (Mozart was eight or nine)

A terrific collection, just what I needed after all those tedious operas.

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