Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Church sonata No. 1 for 2 violins, bass & organ in E flat major, K. 67 (K. 41h)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    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.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Harmonia Mundi HMX 290890419
    2015 CD Accord / NFM ACD 215
    2013 MDG Gold
    2012 Albany Music Distribution TROY 1330
    2012 Chandos CHAN 0786
    2011 Decca 4782963
    2011 Ligia Lidi101416606
    2010 Decca
    2010 PentaTone Classics 5186150
    2009 Carus 1806799
    2008 Hyperion 55314
    2008 Harmonia Mundi HMG501137
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2006 Pavane 7507/8
    2006 Philips
    2005 Capriccio Records 71064
    2005 Novalis 150728
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Decca B0002591
    2004 Priory Records 914
    2003 Audite 20015
    2003 Brilliant 99738
    2002 MDG 6050298
    2000 Philips 464 860-2PB11
    1999 Naxos 8 556702
    1997 Harmonia Mundi HMA190 1137
    1997 Spring Hill Music 6502
    1996 Orfeo 396951
    1994 Naxos 550512
    1993 Hyperion 66377
    1992 Chandos 8745
    1991 Philips 422 521-2PME2
    Brilliant 99738/5
    Selene 940218
    Bolshoi/BMG
    Brilliant 92628/16
    Brilliant 92628
    Novalis 150068
    Agora Musica 002
    Denon Records 79573
    Denon Records 9573
    Accord 205062
    Adda 581274
    Amado Classics 01016