Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for violin & piano No. 17 in C major, K. 296

    Description by Brian Robins

    Mozart's sonatas for keyboard and violin fall into four groups: those composed as a child in Paris, London and The Hague; seven written during the trip to Mannheim and Paris between 1777 and 1778; five composed in 1781; and an additional three dating from later in the 1780s. The present work belongs to the second of these sets, having been composed in Mannheim in the spring of 1778. The extant autograph provides a date of March 11, just three days before Mozart and his mother finally left Mannheim to continue their long delayed journey to Paris. It also informs us that the sonata was composed for "Mademoiselle Therese." Therese Pierron was the stepdaughter of Privy Court Councillor Pierron, and a piano pupil of Mozart's, who played one of the keyboard parts of the Concerto for three pianos, K. 242 in a farewell concert for him given on March 12. The composer had stayed in Pierron's house for some time during his stay in Mannheim. Like all Mozart's sonatas with violin, it was described as being for "piano and violin," not the other way around. This is an important distinction that helps to underline the fact that it is the piano that has the dominant role, a feature emphasized by Mozart when he came to publish the C major Sonata in Vienna in 1781 along with five more recently composed works (K. 376, and K. 377-380) as his "Opus 2." The title page of Artaria's publication announces the sonatas as being for "Harpsichord or Piano with the accompaniment of Violin." Despite this, all but the juvenile sonatas achieve a more equal balance between the two instruments than is the case with many contemporary works. There are three movements: Allegro Vivace, Andante sostenuto, and Rondeau.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro vivace
    2. Andante sostenuto
    3. Rondo. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Accent ACC 24351
    2017 Centaur Records CRC 3619202122
    2017 Vermeer 4001417
    2017 Hänssler Classic HC 17013
    2017 Hyperion CDA 68143
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4796220
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 4794708
    2014 Claves CD 501403
    2014 Claves
    2014 Erato 2564624223
    2012 Avi / CAvi-music AVI 8553244
    2012 Music & Arts MA 1225
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 002894779464
    2011 Auris Subtilis / CAvi-music 7771013
    2010 Haenssler 98254
    2010 Camerata Records 28187
    2010 Decca
    2010 Newton Classics 8802022
    2010 Nimbus 2562/65
    2010 Musicaphon 56911
    2009 Channel Classics 28109
    2009 Chaconne / Chandos 764
    2009 Harmonia Mundi HMU907494
    2009 Doremi Records 7964-69
    2009 BIS 1744
    2009 Decca
    2009 Decca 4781149
    2008 Channel Classics 26208
    2008 Avi 855307
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 IDIS 6521
    2007 Artone 222364
    2007 Arbiter ARBITER151
    2007 Orfeo 743071
    2006 Sony Music Distribution 86793
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Delos 3367
    2006 Gramola GRAM 98777/82
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    2006 Vanguard 1885
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 000710202
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    2005 Warner Classics 4623362
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    2005 Brilliant 92540
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    2003 Vanguard Classics 1224
    2002 Calliope 3241-8
    2002 Calliope 3664/7
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    2000 Deutsche Grammophon
    2000 Philips 000575402
    2000 Angel Records 67316
    1999 Music & Arts 4665
    1999 Fono Enterprise 99368
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    1996 Astree 8581
    1995 EtCetera Records 1138
    1995 Gallo 701
    1995 Naxos 553111
    1994 Multisonic 310235
    1994 Sony Music Distribution 53972
    1994 RCA 60744
    1994 Vox 5128
    1994 Naxos 550065
    1993 RCA 61789
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 64830
    1992 Deutsche Grammophon 431784
    1992 Sony Classics 47685
    1992 Nonesuch 79155
    1991 Pearl GEMMCD9454
    1991 Philips 422515
    1991 Pavane ADW 7231
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    Deutsche Grammophon 463749
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