Sonata No. 1 in D major takes as its starting point Mozart’s ‘Epistle’ Sonatas of the early 1770s. The first movement is a sonata allegro that juxtaposes themes from the Epistle Sonatas K.225 in A (1776) and K.244 in F (1776) with a newly composed development section in what might these days be called a ‘mash-up’. Its second movement amplifies Mozart’s Solfeggio K.393/385b (which the composer reworked as the ‘Christe’ section in the opening movement of his C minor Mass K.427/417a of 1782–3). The third movement makes a rondo out of the ‘Alleluia’ finale of the motet Exsultate jubilate K.165 (January 1773). In each of the movements, small adjustments are made to harmony, counterpoint, voice leading and form to bring them all in line with Mozart’s style from, largely, his pre-Vienna period. Throughout, textures have had to be reconfigured or invented to make them suitable for the medium.

Parts included:

  • Trumpet in C
  • Piano

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