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 / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2019
    Mirare
    MIR 420D
    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
    Channel Classics
    CCSBOX 6414
    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
    Various Artists
    Decca
    4781149
    2009
    Various Artists
    Decca
    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
    477631
    2006
    Deutsche Grammophon
    000710202
    2006
    Philips
    2006
    Haenssler
    98251
    2005
    Warner Classics
    4623362
    2005
    Analekta
    29823-4
    2005
    Harmonia Mundi
    807380
    2005
    Harmonia Mundi
    907380
    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