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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

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

William Kinderman

University of Illinois Press

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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