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:
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
In F major:
transposed in E major (see 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).