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The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtág$
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William Kinderman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037160

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037160.001.0001

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Mozart’s Second Thoughts

Mozart’s Second Thoughts

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(p.17) 1 Mozart’s Second Thoughts
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The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtág
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William Kinderman

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037160.003.0001

This chapter argues that Mozart's music, rather than emerging fully formed from the mind of a genius, is rather the product of much labor throughout the compositional process. In particular, the chapter concerns two instances in which Mozart returned to a work in progress to make substantial revisions. The Sonata in D Major, K. 284, is the last of the set of six sonatas completed by early 1775 at Munich. The reworking of its first movement offers insights into Mozart's evolving stylistic language at a pivotal point in his career. This chapter's second example dates from more than a decade later, in 1786, when Mozart reshaped the piano entrance in the first movement of one of his most imposing works for piano, the Concerto in C Major, K. 503.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in D Major, Concerto in C Major, compositional process, Mozart's evolving stylistic language

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