WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

Evening Masterwork: Mozart’s First Flute Concerto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Evening Masterwork for November 20, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

There is some debate as to whether or not Mozart liked the flute as an instrument, and it all stems from a single sentence in a letter that Mozart wrote to his father, where he says “”You know how laggard I become when obliged to write for an instrument which I cannot bear.” This is what Mozart wrote after accepting the commission which would result in his first Flute Concerto, and one major piece of evidence that supports his thoughts about the flute is that he even wrote less music for the commission than was asked of him. One sign of a great composer, though, is that he or she can write phenomenal music for instruments that they don’t even like… which is the case here.