Little Serenade by W. A. Mozart

Little Serenade by W. A. Mozart

Vienna (Austria) — August 10, 1787

Natural simplicity and brilliant sophistication, which is also reflected in the score: perhaps Mozart's best-known piece

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) composed this “small” work when his career was at its zenith

  2. One of the treasures in Mozart's oeuvre, the work blends radiance and natural simplicity with brilliant refinement

  3. The original score of this masterpiece captivates with balanced clarity and beautiful writing

Little Serenade by W. A. Mozart

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Little Serenade by W. A. Mozart

Although better known for his grand operas, symphonies, and concertos, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart also composed smaller and more personal pieces of music like his Little Serenade. Composed at the same time as his famous Don Giovanni, it likely originated from a personal commission and was not published until nearly forty years after Mozart’s death. Nonetheless, it continues to charm modern audiences to this day.

Little Serenade by W. A. Mozart

"The fact that the sparrows whistle from the rooftops does not change the quality of this casual piece from a light but happy hand."
Wolfgang Hildesheimer
Eine kleine Nachtmusik - “A Little Serenade” is the most popular piece of instrumental music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), and was composed during an especially happy period of his life. It was completed in Vienna on the 10th of August, 1787 when Mozart was at the zenith of his career as an opera composer and was simultaneously working on his famous Don Giovanni. The title comes from an entry made into his personal catalog, which was likely meant as more of a note than an actual title, but it has stuck nonetheless. It is often translated literally but less accurately as “a little night music” into English. It was not officially published until 1827 and likely originated from a personal commission. The work is one of the treasures in Mozart's oeuvre, which blends radiance and natural simplicity with brilliant refinement. Likewise, the original score of this masterpiece captivates with balanced clarity and beautiful writing.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Eine kleine Nachtmusik KV 525
Eine kleine Nachtmusik KV 525 von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Origin
Austria
Date
August 10, 1787
Genre
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Little Serenade by W. A. Mozart  – Private Collection
Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2013
Facsimile Editions

#1 Eine kleine Nachtmusik G major K. 525

Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2013

Publisher: Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2013
Commentary: 1 volume by Wolfgang Rehm
Languages: English, German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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