[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).

See also

Mozart piano transcriptions

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