kroket wrote:Timtin wrote:Here are a couple of Mozart dances arranged for the piano.
Thank you, Timtin, for this nice surprise!
I must confess that the Contradances are the only Mozart compositions that I never listen to, mainly because I can’t stand the circumstances surrounding it. At that time the only job the emperor would give him was to compose Contradances for the court dances. What a waste of his precious time! Tomorrow I’ll make an exception and play your transcriptions. I’m sure that won’t be a waste of time!
Thank you Kroket for your message.
My first introduction to WAM's contradances has a bit of a story attached to it.
Read on only if interested!
Back in about 1967, children's tv programmes started in the late afternoon.
Just prior to the start, ITV always played the same music with the test card.
I didn't know what it was, but it was delightful!
So I wrote to ITV asking them what it was. They wrote back to say that it
was a Decca LP of Mozart Marches and Dances conducted by Willi Boskovski.
Needless to say, I bought the LP.
One of the works on it was K.106, which is a mature work despite the low
Köchel number. Here it is in its original form, and my arrangement. Towards
the end, there's even a bit of B flat minor music, although WAM didn't actually
use that key signature, just accidentals.