The Sarasota Orchestra: Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante

This week’s Tuesday Masterwork with The Sarasota Orchestra features performances from the 2019 Sarasota Music Festival with a Vivaldi Concerto Grosso, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with world-renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker!

The Works

Vivaldi’s L’estro Armonico is a collection of concertos written for strings and soloists. This set of concertos helped to establish the genre as a whole.[1]

While touring in Mannheim and Paris, Mozart encountered new instrumental styles he would later experiment with. One result of this experimentation was the Sinfonia Concertante, which is a hybrid between a symphony and concerto. This piece displays Mozart’s ability to compose works filled with pleasant tones that helped to revolutionize a genre of music.[2] 

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto premiered on December 22, 1808. Despite Beethoven’s international fame, the composer struggled to find a soloist to perform the work, resulting in Beethoven performing as the soloist. Luckily, Felix Mendelssohn loved the piece and performed the concerto in concert halls across Europe, helping to ensure the works continued popularity.[3] 

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Sources

[1] “L’estro Armonico, 12 Concertos for…: Details.” AllMusic, www.allmusic.com/composition/lestro-armonico-12-concertos-for-1-4-solo-instruments-strings-continuo-op-3-mc0002357582

[2] “Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat for Violin and Viola, K. 364 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart).” LA Phil, www.laphil.com/musicdb/pieces/657/sinfonia-concertante-in-e-flat-for-violin-and-viola-k-364.

[3] Elliott, Suzanne. “Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G.” Classic FM, 20 Apr. 2012, www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/music/piano-concerto-no4-g/.