This is the first of the 17 so-called Church sonatas composed by Mozart. Also known as "Epistle Sonatas," they were written for performance during mass, to serve as a sort of bridge between the Epistle and Gospel. All are short and most, including this E flat major effort, are scored for two violins, bass, and organ. The parenthetical Köchel number of 41h in the headnote refers to the revised listing from the sixth edition of Mozart's compositions. This single-movement work is brief (lasting about two-and-a-half minutes) and opens with a leisurely paced theme whose stately and somewhat subdued manner, while appropriate for church performance, would not necessarily call the sacred realm to mind. The music gradually takes on a somewhat dreamier, livelier character, even if it largely retains its sober demeanor. The thematic material is reprised in the second half and the work comes to a quiet close. While this early Mozart piece is not one of his more important efforts, it exhibits his burgeoning mastery and innate charm in sufficient doses to warrant attention from listeners partial to the Classical era.
Description by Robert Cummings
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