Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for violin & piano No. 27 in G major, K. 379 (K. 373a)

    Description by Brian Robins

    Composed in April 1781, the present sonata is one of the last works composed by Mozart while he was in the service of the Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo of Salzburg. Early in March, Mozart, who had only recently returned from Munich after supervising the first performances of his opera Idomeneo, was summoned by the Archbishop to Vienna along with other members of the archiepiscopal retinue. On April 8, the Archbishop held a concert at the home of his brother, Prince Rudolph Joseph Colloredo. Later that night, Mozart sat down to write to his father Leopold: "Today (for I am writing at eleven o'clock at night) we had a concert where three of my compositions were performed -- new ones, of course; a rondo for a concerto for Brunetti [Antonio Brunetti, the Archbishop's concertmaster], a sonata with violin accompaniment for myself [the present work], which I composed last night between eleven and twelve (but in order to be able to finish it, I only wrote out the accompaniment for Brunetti and retained my own part in my head): and then a rondo for Ceccarelli [the castrato Francesco Ceccarelli, also in the service of the Archbishop], which he had to repeat." This passage casts interesting light on the status of the violin and piano duo sonata in Mozart's time, making it clear that the violin part was still looked upon as essentially an accompaniment to the keyboard part. Despite this clear suggestion of the dominance of the keyboard part, Mozart's sonatas were in reality increasingly working toward a greater degree of equality between the two instruments. There are few signs of the haste with which the work was composed. Unusually it opens not with a quick movement, but a rather serious Adagio which is followed by an intense Allegro in G minor. The final movement is a theme and variations. The G major Sonata was first published in 1781 by the Viennese house Artaria along with the sonatas K. 296 and K. 376 to K. 380, a set of six issued as "Op. 2." The set also found its way to Paris, where Mozart's previous group of violin sonatas (K. 301 to K. 306) had been first published in 1778, being brought out there by Boyer in 1785.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Adagio
    2. Allegro
    3. Thema. Andantino cantabile

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2021
    Harmonia Mundi
    902362DI
    2021
    Harmonia Mundi
    HMM 902362
    2020
    Muso
    MU 041D
    2020
    Muso
    MU 041
    2019
    Mirare
    MIR 420D
    2018
    Blue Griffin Recording
    BG 479
    2018
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2018
    Accent
    ACC 24351
    2017
    Oberlin Music
    OC 1701
    2017
    Centaur Records
    CRC 3619202122
    2017
    Vermeer
    4001417
    2017
    Hänssler Classic
    HC 17013
    2017
    Fleur de Son
    FDS 58040
    2016
    Alto
    MCS 1310
    2016
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4795964
    2016
    Julija Zibrat / Kayleen Asbo
    2016
    Hyperion
    CDA 68091
    2016
    Warner Classics
    557828
    2016
    EuroArts / Warner Classics
    555050
    2016
    Warner Classics
    0825646777068
    2015
    Genuin
    GEN 15334
    2015
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4794708
    2014
    Channel Classics
    CCSBOX 6414
    2014
    CRD Records
    CRR 3435
    2014
    Erato
    2564624223
    2012
    Warner Classics
    2564660542
    2012
    Warner Classics
    2012
    Ondine
    ODE 12042
    2012
    Music & Arts
    MA 1225
    2011
    Deutsche Grammophon
    002894779464
    2011
    Chaconne / Chandos
    CHAN0781
    2010
    Haenssler
    98254
    2010
    Caro Mitis
    0042007
    2010
    Decca
    2010
    Newton Classics
    8802022
    2010
    Nimbus
    2562/65
    2010
    Musicaphon
    56911
    2010
    Music & Arts
    1244
    2009
    Harmonia Mundi
    HMU907494
    2009
    Doremi Records
    7964-69
    2009
    Various Artists
    Decca
    4781149
    2009
    Various Artists
    Decca
    2008
    Camerata Records
    28114
    2008
    Avi
    855307
    2008
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099921741
    2008
    Philips
    4646602
    2008
    Gramola
    98852
    2006
    Regis Records
    1140
    2006
    Warner Classics
    2006
    Delos
    3367
    2006
    Gramola
    GRAM 98777/82
    2006
    Warner Classics
    2006
    Accent
    20041
    2006
    Verso
    2021
    2006
    Vanguard
    1885
    2006
    Deutsche Grammophon
    477631
    2006
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2006
    Deutsche Grammophon
    000710202
    2006
    Philips
    2005
    Warner Classics
    4623362
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    Analekta
    29823-4
    2005
    Channel Classics
    21804
    2005
    Warner Classics
    61944
    2005
    Brilliant
    92540
    2004
    Brilliant
    99721
    2004
    Zig Zag Territoires
    21001
    2004
    Musicaphon
    51750
    2004
    Moscow Studio Archives
    17561
    2003
    Doremi Records
    7821-5
    2003
    Vanguard Classics
    1225
    2002
    Sony Classical
    89936
    2002
    Calliope
    3664/7
    2001
    EMI Music Distribution
    74293
    2001
    BIS
    1123
    2000
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2000
    Live Classics
    102
    2000
    Philips
    000575402
    1999
    Music & Arts
    4665
    1999
    Philips
    462303
    1999
    Accent
    9175
    1999
    Naxos
    553112
    1996
    Deutsche Grammophon / Universal
    1996
    Globe Records
    6039
    1992
    Deutsche Grammophon
    431784
    1992
    Nonesuch
    79155
    1991
    Deutsche Grammophon
    431771
    1991
    Pearl
    GEMMCD9454
    1991
    Philips
    422515
    1991
    Deutsche Grammophon
    423229
    GM Recordings
    2038
    Koch Discover International
    920124
    Music & Arts
    665
    Warner Music
    Brilliant
    92628/11
    Brilliant
    92628
    Deutsche Grammophon
    463749
    Camerata Records
    30CM334
    Warner Music
    RCA
    60447
    EMI Music Distribution
    575582
    Vanguard
    8036
    Nuova Era
    6836/41
    Verdi Music
    6815
    Philips
    412141
    Eufoda
    1182
    RCA Victrola
    77556
    DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
    77556
    Brilliant
    99721/4
    BBC Music Magazine
    118
    RCA
    77556