Chamber Music Work
Glass Armonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola and Violoncello
May of 1791, Wolfgang Amade Mozart composed his quintet for
glass armonica, flute, oboe, viola und violoncello KV 617.
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.
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.
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.
to date :
Musikverein / Armonico
Mozartwoche / Mozarteum
NSO Orchestra Washington
/ Members of the Vienna Philharmonics
Festival/ Amati Quartet
Würzburg / Musica Rara
Klee Museum Bern / Ensemble
/ Quartetto Armonico Tokyo
Philharmonie, Rudolphinum Praque, Helsinki, Chemnitz, Erfurt,
Ems, Reichenau, ...