Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for violin & piano No. 28 in E flat major, K. 380 (K. 374f)

    Description by Brian Robins

    The Sonata in E flat is the last of a group of four, possibly five sonatas for piano and violin composed by Mozart during 1781, the year in which he commenced a new life as a freelance musician in Vienna. By the end of the year, all five, along with the earlier Sonata in C, K. 296, were published by the Viennese house of Artaria, the start of a long association with Artaria, who would publish more of his works than any other house. The set was issued with a dedication to Josepha Auernhammer, a pupil of Mozart's with whom his name was romantically linked during his early days in Vienna. She was a fine keyboard player, although apparently not very attractive looking. Mozart defended himself from gossip by painting a very unflattering picture of the young lady in a letter to his father. Mozart was no doubt being ingenuous (he initially did much the same when writing home about his future wife Constanze), since he certainly continued to see Josepha. Like all this group of sonatas, the E flat is in three movements, thus abandoning the galant two-movement structure of the previous group (K. 301 - K. 306, composed in Mannheim and Paris in 1778). Here it is the central Andante con moto in G minor that particularly takes the attention, its chromatic inflections giving the movement a feel of restless agitation. It is framed by an opening Allegro with much brilliant passage work and a concluding Rondeau with a hunting horn theme announced by the piano and subsequently taken up by the violin.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Andante con moto
    3. Rondeau. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Hyperion CDA 68175
    2018 Accent ACC 24351
    2017 Centaur Records CRC 3619202122
    2017 Vermeer 4001417
    2017 Hänssler Classic HC 17013
    2016 Fleur de Son Classics FDS 58034
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 4794708
    2014 Toccata Classics TOCC 0250
    2014 Erato 2564624223
    2012 Chandos CHAN 0785
    2012 Music & Arts MA 1225
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 002894779464
    2011 Alpha Productions 177
    2010 Haenssler 98254
    2010 Decca
    2010 Newton Classics 8802022
    2010 Nimbus 2562/65
    2010 Gramola 98904
    2010 Music & Arts 1244
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Doremi Records 7964-69
    2009 Decca
    2009 Decca 4781149
    2008 Avi 855307
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Channel Productions 20067
    2006 Gramola GRAM 98777/82
    2006 Accent 20041
    2006 Artek 32
    2006 Vanguard 1885
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 000710202
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 477631
    2006 Philips
    2006 Haenssler 98251
    2005 Warner Classics 4623362
    2005 Analekta 29823-4
    2005 Harmonia Mundi 907380
    2005 Harmonia Mundi 807380
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Brilliant 99721
    2004 Zig Zag Territoires 21001
    2004 Musicaphon 51750
    2003 Doremi Records 7821-5
    2003 Vanguard Classics 1225
    2002 Calliope 3664/7
    2001 BIS 1123
    2001 Symposium 1291
    2000 VAI Audio 1190
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon
    2000 Philips 000575402
    1999 Music & Arts 4665
    1999 Philips 462303
    1999 Accent 9175
    1999 Naxos 553112
    1999 K 617 7045
    1997 Rivoalto 9509
    1995 Sony Classical 64309
    1995 Live Classics 123
    1995 Music & Arts CD-877
    1994 Naxos 550390
    1992 Music & Arts 720
    1992 Deutsche Grammophon 431784
    1992 Nonesuch 79155
    1991 Philips 422515
    1991 Deutsche Grammophon 423229
    Music & Arts 665
    Warner Music
    Brilliant 92628/11
    Brilliant 92628
    Deutsche Grammophon 463749
    Arlecchino 58
    EMI Music Distribution 575582
    Vanguard 8036
    Supraphon 111428
    Nuova Era 6836/41
    Verdi Music 6815
    Philips 412141
    DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77556
    RCA Victrola 77556
    Brilliant 99721/4
    RCA 77556