February 2010 edition

In 1772, the 16-year-old Mozart was living in Salzburg and penned a trio of light instrumental works called “divertimenti” – a form highly popular in the later 18th century. Though scored only for strings, these three works have sometimes been called the “Salzburg symphonies.” Today we’re going to hear one of these, which the young composer graced with strongly sentimental melodies and verve throughout. The initial allegro movement speaks richly in the sonata allegro form, followed by a lyrical andante. In the final presto, Mozart shows his wit and sense of humor with two very contrasting themes.