Though undated in the autograph,  it is believed to have been completed inwhile his wife Constanze Mozart was in labour with her first child Raimund.
Average performances of the whole string quartet vary in length from 23 to 33 minutes.
String Quartet No. 14 in G major ("Spring"), K. 387
It is in four movements :. The first movement is characterized by a sharp contrast between the aperiodicity of the first subject group, characterized by Arnold Schoenberg as "prose-like," and the "wholly periodic" second subject group. The movement ends in a picardy third. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Oxford: Oxford University Press: " These are figures that otherwise do not occur in Mozart. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Book Category.
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He has taste and, what is more, the most profound knowledge of composition. Especially notable is the middle development section, where various individual instruments take turns breaking loose from the texture, wandering away and musing on alternative harmonic possibilities.
At the opening, the accompanimental chords appear only on third beats, rather than on the usual, stable downbeats; and immediately thereafter the first violin embarks on a strange, hiccuping chromatic pattern that has accents on every other beat, again defying the expected rhythm. Contrasting with this whimsical, humorous mood, the Trio section is in a minor key, and alternates stern unison utterances with more wistful replies.
Next comes the slow movement, extraordinary even for Mozart, a kind of dramatic aria for quartet. There is a sense that the composer is communicating something more than usually intimate, a personal avowal. The Finale is amazing in a different way. The innocuous theme, a smooth five-note figure, is gradually surrounded with delicate, teasing syncopes and suspensions as each new voice enters. Now soft and teasing, now bright and celebratory, the movement is a contrapuntal romp, filled with unexpected moments right up to its improbably simple conclusion.
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.Completed on the last day ofthis work would serve as the first of a set of six string quartets Mozart would dedicate to Haydn. Over nine years separate the first of this group from its predecessor among the quartets, K. The string quartet was, at this time, a relatively new medium still in the process of development.
From the genre's beginnings in works that were little more than divertimenti, one man above all others was bringing the string quartet toward the point where it would ultimately be recognized as the most challenging of all forms of composition.
That man was Joseph Haydn. A direct impetus for Mozart 's return to quartet writing seems to have come from Haydnwho in published a new set of six as his Op. Mozart almost certainly first met Haydn shortly after settling in Vienna inand the two men soon established a friendship based on mutual admiration.
As is known from a famous anecdote recorded by Irish tenor Michael Kellythey also played quartets together with two other notable Viennese composers, Johann Vanhal and Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf. The inspiration provided by Haydn is clearly apparent in the quartets Mozart composed in the wake of these encounters. It is therefore hardly surprising that on completing six quartets of his own K. In the course of Mozart 's touching tribute to the older master, he refers to the "long and laborious endeavor" that had gone into them, a unique admission from a man who normally composed with extraordinary facility, and a pointed reminder of the extreme challenge posed by this most pure of musical forms.
Cast in four movements, this G major effort may divulge a few characteristics of the older master's style, but would in the end influence Haydn in his subsequent quartets as well. The opening movement, marked Allegro vivace assai, features fairly intricate instrumental writing: thematic lines are often started by one instrument and completed by another.
It also contains a complex, substantial development section; yet the music is quite easy for the listener to grasp. The main theme is graceful and light, lengthy in its winding, sunny pathway.
For all its seeming lightness, however, the music has considerable expressive depth, even if the alternate theme is carefree and largely devoid of deeper significance. The development section begins in a somewhat ponderous manner, the music at first appearing a bit hesitant before taking on an animated, more serious character.
A delightful reprise closes out this joyful and masterful movement. The ensuing Minuet is elegant and light, but can jolt the listener with its sudden changes in dynamics in both the main theme and second subject. The Trio is deftly imagined in its mixture of gruff playfulness and gentle mystery. The Andante cantabile third movement sings its music in an exalted way, the main theme presented in a sort of complex unraveling of its wares, with many highs accompanied by deep lows from the cello.
The whole movement conveys a serene, almost celestial quality, at times sounding mysterious, at others rapturous. The finale, marked Molto Allegro, presents a lively, joyous main theme, which Mozart treats contrapuntally for much of the movement, again with instrumental writing divulging much complexity. The alternate theme is just as lively, but more playful, not exhibiting the vigor and glorious manner of the main material.
Average performances of the whole string quartet vary in length from 26 to 33 minutes. As with all later Mozart quartets, this quartet has four movements :. The first movement, in G majorcontrasts fairly diatonic passages with chromatic runs. According to Williams, "it must come as something of a surprise to anyone examining this quartet just how much chromaticism there is in it. It is a long minuet, written in the tonic key of G major, with its chromatic fourths set apart by note-to-note dynamics changes.
Its trio is in G minor and has a suitably darker and more unsettled mood. The minuet is followed by a slow movement in the subdominant C majorwhose theme explores remote key areas. The fugal theme of four whole notes in the finale points ahead to the finale of Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony ofa movement which also begins with four whole notes that are used in a fugal fashion, in the codaand it also points back to Michael Haydn 's Symphony No.
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