Evening Masterwork: Mozart’s Third Serenade

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Serenade No. 3 in D, K. 185 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Evening Masterwork for April 1, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

It may be hard to imagine, but Mozart was actually a typical teenager in many ways. In particular, he had an at-times strenuous relationship with his father Leopold, who, for lack of a better word, seemed to interfere with the younger Mozart’s compositions. There’s evidence of this aspect of the father-son relationship in Mozart’s Serenade No. 3, a work written when the composer was just 17-years old. In the handwritten manuscript of the piece, it appears that the second movement is written in the elder Mozart’s handwriting… and musically, the movement contrasts the kind of upbeat pomposity of the other movements around it, which were definitely composed by the younger Mozart. Hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.