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Mozart's Last Chamber Music Work

Adagio and Rondo 

for Glass Armonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola and Violoncello

KV 617


 

In May of 1791, Wolfgang Amade Mozart composed his quintet for glass armonica, flute, oboe, viola und violoncello KV 617.

Mozart's meeting with the celebrated glass armonica virtuosa Mariane Kirchgessner in Vienna impressed him deeply and inspired him to write this composition. It was to be his last chamber music work. When Kirchgessner died, both the glass armonica and this composition fell into disuse.

 

It was Christa Schönfeldinger who revived KV 617 in its original instrumentation. Because she plays in concert on a glass armonica with somewhat thicker bowls, the composition is dynamically balanced even when the other instruments in the performance are modern-day ones. 

 

The concert repertoire of the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo includes KV 617 in its original instrumentation as well as in a version for glass armonica and string quartet, which was also frequently performed in Mozart's day.

 

  


Performances to date :  

Wiener Musikverein / Armonico Tributto Austria  

Salzburger Festspiele

Salzburger Mozartwoche / Mozarteum Salzburg

Wiener Staatsoper

Styriate

NSO Orchestra Washington

Radio Kulturhaus Vienna / Members of the Vienna Philharmonics  

Bodensee Festival/ Amati Quartet

Mozartfest Würzburg / Musica Rara

Paul Klee Museum Bern / Ensemble Paul Klee

Brahms Museum / Quartetto Armonico Tokyo

 

Warsaw  Philharmonie, Rudolphinum Praque, Helsinki, Chemnitz, Erfurt, Triest,

Bad Ems, Reichenau, ...