[tbpt92] – W. A. Mozart – Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major KV 269 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major KV 269

composition date: 1775-7?

transcription date: 2012 (May 31 – June 09)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of the single movement

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

Discovered while listening to the complete Violin Concertos inside Brilliant Classics’ Complete Mozart Edition. Actually I wanted to listen to concerto KV 211, but the track listing had an error and didn’t list at all this piece! So when I pressed “Play” on the track listed as the first movement of KV 211, it was this Rondo that played. I soon realized something was off, the form wasn’t that of an opening allegro, it sounded like a finale or a Rondo, I checked back the listing, counted the tracks, tl;dr it turned out the listing was wrong. The actual position in the CD was in a way correct because this Rondo is an alternate finale for concerto KV 207, that preceded KV 211 in the CD. Error in the track listing or not, I had soon taken a liking to this piece, so the next step was getting a score and transcribe it.

I faced two main challenges when transcribing this:

  1. find a way to render the difference between “solo” and “tutti” passages, I mean when the ritornello is played first by solo then by tutti. This was a first, since in the Vivaldi’s concertos I transcribed so far “solo” and “tutti” always had different music to play so this wasn’t an issue.
  2. compose two “Eingang” and a “Cadenz”. Those you hear are my original versions, Mozart didn’t write out those. For the Cadenz I rolled up my composer’s sleeves and went with the tried-and-true technique of writing a “medley”/”potpourri” of the already heard themes, rearranging their order of appearance, mode and tonality. Finally I put in an ascending sequence in F7 based on the ritornello’s main theme, to build up enough tension both harmonically and counterpoint-ly for its last appearance in the finale. Also note before the cadenz, where the theme is played one and then two octaves higher: that’s a liberty on my part, in the original the ritornello is always played at the same pitch, but it felt all too natural, I just had to do that to satisfactorily prepare for the cadenz.

See also

Mozart piano transcriptions

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