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:
- Allegro di molto
- Allegro assai
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
(The youtube video contains the complete divertimento)
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!