[tbpt7] – W. A. Mozart – Divertimento (for Strings) in D major KV 136 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings in D major KV 136

composition date: 1772

transcription date: 2009 (2 – 22 May)

complete transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Presto

Score

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

An all time Mozart favorite, among the first I wanted to transcribe.

Originally I had hoped it would turn out easy enough for me to play and have fun but I soon had to abandon that hope I wanted to make a good transcription out of it. An easy-to-play one woudl have forced me to chuck a lot of the original material which I absolutely didn’t want to do. Albeit the result is difficult to play, I made sure it wouldn’t be impossible. It is definitely out of league for amateurs but a concert pianist shouldn’t have trouble mastering it. This can be said of all my ‘difficult’ transcriptions.

There is a liberty in the second movement as I added a few notes on the bass.

You’ll note the timbre of the synthesized reference performance is different than the usual “mg2cr” one. I chose this one (I call it “pxpcr”) because I felt it was more suitable to this work. This is also the first time I used it in a transcription release. You’ll find it used again in some other releases but always as an exception.

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[tbpt35] – W. A. Mozart – Divertimento (for Strings) in B flat major KV 137 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings in B flat major KV 137

composition date: 1772

transcription date: 2009 (30 November – 06 December)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:

  1. Andante
  2. Allegro di molto
  3. Allegro assai

Score

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

(The youtube video contains the complete divertimento)

Comment

I had been curious about this one ever since finding out there actually was another divertimento between the well-known KV 136 and 138. Why is it always excluded from selections? Why is it so unknown compared to the others?
It was one of my “youtube discoveries” of the time since I first found and listened to a recording as a youtube video.
I discovered that it was in no way inferior to the others, in fact it could be called the best of the three, the forgotten jewel. For sure it became my new favorite.

I think this Divertimento could be twice as popular if Mozart had put the second movement as first, but doing so would have ruined the spirit of the composition. So this is a tip: don’t stop at the first few bars, B flat major is round the corner… and don’t stop at the first movement, wait for the second to jump on stage. Note: the “attacca” indication at the end of the first movement is my addition/interpretation. Enjoy!

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[tbpt58] – W. A. Mozart – Divertimento (for Strings) in F major KV 138 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings in F major KV 138

composition date: 1772

transcription date: 2011 (23 April – 01 May)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Presto

Score

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

In F major:

transposed in E major (see comment):

Comment

Of the group of three string divertimenti KV 136, 137, 138, this is one of the most known, as KV 136 or possibly more.

I remember they were both included in a classical music CD I listened to as a kid. At the time I preferred the KV 136 so much because I didn’t like the frequent tinges of melancholy found in the KV 138. I still prefer sunny stuff but as a kid I was less lenient in my preferences than I am now.

To make a weather analogy, KV 136 would be a sunny day, 137 a summer evening, while 138 a mostly sunny spring morning with clouds coming and going all the time.

When I decided to transcribe it anyway, that was mostly to complete the set of three; while working on it however I rediscovered it and learned to appreciate it about as much as the others.

I also made available a transposed version in E major because for some reason it sounded better to me, one halftone below. The two youtube videos both contain the full divertimento, one in E (transposed), one in F (original tonality).

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[tbpt59] – W. A. Mozart – Symphony No.7 in D major KV 45 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No.7 in D major KV 45

composition date: 1768 (16 January)

transcription date: 2011 (23 January)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 4 movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto
  4. Molto Allegro

Score

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

I discovered this symphony through a youtube video of a performance directed by Ton Koopman. So good!
The same concert included also symphonies No.5 KV 22 and No.23 KV 181 I think. Of these, so far I’ve done also the KV 22 (tbpt79).

I’m satisfied with the overall result, but particularly with how the fourth movement turned out.

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[tbpt10] – W. A. Mozart – Symphony No.28 in C major KV 200 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No.28 in C major KV 200

composition date: 1774 (November 17)

transcription date: 2009 (04 – 16 July)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 4 movements:

  1. Allegro spiritoso
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto
  4. Presto

Score

IMSLP.org composition page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org composition page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

This symphony is playful Mozart at his best. Who cares if the sister symphony KV 201 is much more known, I like this one so much, and I had a blast transcribing it.

I was very hyped when I started this project, and very satisfied when I completed it, because it was my first transcription of a full symphony (projects tbpt2 and tbpt5 were single movements).

Trivia

Symphony No.28 KV 200 <–> tbpt10 [2+8 = 10, also 200 multiple of 10]

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[tbpt26] – W. A. Mozart – Symphony No.26 in E flat major KV 184 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No.26 in E flat major KV 184

composition date: 1773 (March 30)

transcription date: 2009 (25 June – 20 September)

(most of the work was done on 20 September)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:

  1. Molto presto
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro

Score

IMSLP.org composition page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org composition page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

The video contains all three movements.

Comment

While I was beefing up my knowledge of Mozart’s Symphony No.25 in order to transcribe it (see tbpt5) I also discovered this one and I must say I liked it more, despite all the hype and rage on No.25; so, WTH, I added it to my list of works to transcribe.

Trivia

Symphony No.26 <–> project tbpt26

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[tbpt30] – W. A. Mozart – Symphony No.12 in G major KV 110 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No.12 in G major KV 110

composition date: 1771 (July)

transcription date: 2009 (20 August – 18 October)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 4 movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto
  4. Allegro

Score

IMSLP.org composition page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org composition page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

I first listened to this symphony many years ago (in 2000 maybe) on national TV: they were broadcasting a classical (gasp!) music concert that included this work among others. I remember I was amused thinking, look at all these aged musicians working hard to perform the work of a teenager 🙂

I liked it enough to remember its catalog number and remembered it long enough to pick it up again in 2009 when I was transcribing at full throttle, with an eye to my favourite pieces.

And there I was, years later, in a similar position as those orchestral gentlemen, transcribing the same teenager’s work 🙂

True genius never dies, but is also forever young!

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