Moz-Art for two violins

Composer: Alfred Schnittke (b. 1934 - d. 1998)
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Composer: Alfred Schnittke (b. 1934 - d. 1998)

Performance date: 01/07/2013

Venue: Bantry Library

Composition Year: 1976

Duration: 00:06:16

Recording Engineer: Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm

Instrumentation: vn, va, vc, pf

Instrumentation Category:Duo

Instrumentation Other: 2vn

Artists: Vadim Gluzman - [violin]
Pekka Kuusisto - [violin]

Loose pages from an almost lost score by the
Viennese Court
Composer, Joannes Ahrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Composed by the
same, by his very own hand, in February of the year 1783, and after almost two
hundred years of neglect heard in a wondrous fashion in a dream by his most
faithful pupil and most devoted admirer Alfredus Henricus Germanus Rusticus of
Moscow, on the night of 23rd-24th February 1976 and
committed to paper from what he heard with the greatest precision, and
ornamented by means of small additions in accordance with the taste of the
present time.

Moz-Art exists in
four versions, each one circling around an unfinished pantomime written by
Mozart in 1783, scored for two violins, viola and bass, only Mozart’s
hand-written violin part surviving. Schnittke bases his irreverent piece on
this material, going out of his way to show the playful atmosphere so common in
Mozart –
to be quite honest this is above
all a musical joke, a humorous collage of Mozart’s music.