Most beautiful composition by Mozart

May 21, 2006 at 05:58 AM · what would you say the most beautiful piece of music is that Mozart wrote? this can be just one movement of something, or a specific piece, etc.

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May 21, 2006 at 09:19 AM · there are so many!! quartets, sonatas, concertos, symphonies, operas....etc

i'm playing in "Cosi Fan Tutte" at the moment and there are some miraculous moments there (recitatuve 8a)

i also love the development of the second movement the violin concerto no.5, with all the suspensions it's just amazing.

The Requiem, can't get much better than that!

I think i could actually go on for ages so i'm gonna stop.

bye bye

May 21, 2006 at 01:07 PM · Wow. I agree. How do you pick just one? The best you can do is pick a favorite, but there are so many. For me, at least half of the piano concertos just get to me, more than the symphonies and operas and chamber music and even the violin concertos. Ooops, forgot the Requiem; that gets to me, too.

Cordially, Sandy

May 21, 2006 at 03:07 PM · I think the Serenade in B Flat Major K. 361, aka "Gran Partita" has to be up there.

May 21, 2006 at 03:11 PM · most beautiful composition by mozart?


May 21, 2006 at 03:46 PM · The slow movement of the Sinfonia Concertante and the E-major Adagio for violin are two of my favorites.

May 21, 2006 at 03:50 PM · 2nd mvt of violin concertos #3 and #5, the Sinfonia Concertante, most of the Magic Flute, "Voi Che Sapete" from "Figaro"....

May 21, 2006 at 04:22 PM · There's one of the two violin Rondo's that I adore...I think it's the one in C. And then the Requiem takes the cake for me!

May 21, 2006 at 05:09 PM · My teacher says that the middle movement of Mozart's violin concerto in D (number 4) is the most beautiful. :)

May 21, 2006 at 05:14 PM · I love the Mozart Requiem. I also love his 5th violin concerto, his sonatas, and the magic flute.

May 21, 2006 at 05:28 PM · i really love the clarinet quintet! such lucious melodies...

May 21, 2006 at 05:41 PM · hmmmmm.... the clarinet quintet, the oboe quartet all the quartets, Mozart kicks serious ass!!

May 21, 2006 at 06:26 PM · I really like his Davide Penitente too.

And the string quartets of course.

May 21, 2006 at 06:28 PM · for me, Ave Verum - hands down

May 21, 2006 at 06:36 PM · Viola Quintet in g minor.

May 21, 2006 at 09:11 PM · No one's mentioned the Clarinet Concerto yet?!

May 21, 2006 at 10:40 PM · The 3rd movement of KV 458 (The Hunt) string quartet has some beautiful moments.

May 21, 2006 at 10:47 PM · Greetings,

depends who is playing.

For examaple, Milstein playing the Adagio (or whatever the heck it is...) on DVD has got to be one of the perfect things the human race ever managed not to screw up, aside from prunes,



May 22, 2006 at 01:08 AM · Got to be the andante from symphony #40. That's his apogee, in my opinion. Everything else can go to hell:) Ok, there's part of K.219 I like, and other bits and pieces.

May 22, 2006 at 01:12 AM · The 2nd movement of the A-Major Piano Concerto (No. 23, K488) and the Laudate Dominum from the Vespers immediately come to mind...

May 22, 2006 at 01:35 AM · I vote for the second movement of the c minor Piano Concerto, especially as played by Mitsuko Uchida.

May 22, 2006 at 03:11 AM · name a slow movement by mozart. he never wrote a bad note in his entire life and every single piece he created is beyond perfection.

May 22, 2006 at 08:10 AM · apart from "Eine Kleine Nacht Musik", that pieve drvies me crazy

May 22, 2006 at 07:13 PM · The Papageno Papagena Duet from MF.

His Rondo in B Flat Major.

May 23, 2006 at 04:53 AM · The Ave Verum is probably one of my favorites.

I love the Requiem (Sussmayer edition), but much of it does not ring authentic to my ears. There's definately Mozart's stamp on it, but so much was incomplete that it's not surprising that there's much in there that he probably did not intend.


May 23, 2006 at 10:48 PM · The Clarinet Quintet and The Magic Flute

May 24, 2006 at 10:56 AM · Piano Concerto No.27...followed by No.21

May 24, 2006 at 11:57 AM · Naoko,

Piano concerto No.27 is in fact followed by Piano Concerto No.28


May 24, 2006 at 12:17 PM · Thanks Ilya, forgot how to count for a second...

May 24, 2006 at 12:18 PM · Btw, aren't you meant to be rehearsing or something?

May 24, 2006 at 12:46 PM · The second movement of the violin concerto no. 5, the Requiem, quite a few parts of Le Nozze di Figaro... (I'm just getting into his operas so I'm sure there will be more to add)

May 24, 2006 at 12:54 PM · Nearly, almost everything!!

Buri, do you think that he might have been on prunes too....

May 24, 2006 at 04:35 PM · Naoko, I am just multi-tasking


May 24, 2006 at 10:53 PM · careful. That can make you blind.

May 25, 2006 at 06:39 AM · Thanks gramma. I'll think over what you said after I am done trimming my palms.


May 25, 2006 at 06:43 AM · be careful of your coconuts

May 25, 2006 at 02:12 PM · or else i might go bananas

May 25, 2006 at 02:26 PM · are you blind yet?

May 26, 2006 at 01:22 AM · if he is, how is he gonna know you asked?

May 26, 2006 at 01:38 AM · Ilya, how's the multi-tasking going? No disasters I hope...still have your coconuts?

May 26, 2006 at 01:43 PM · Naoko, do you really want to know?


P.S. I am playing Mozart's Eb Major Divertimento tonight - that one just might be in the top five. Easily.

May 26, 2006 at 02:18 PM · Of course there are many, but the 3rd VC second movement is way up there. And, it makes my cat purr. (She hates Mahler.)

I always wonder why the 3VC doesn't get as much respect as 4 and 5? I like it best.

May 26, 2006 at 02:34 PM · Probably because more students play the 3rd than the 4th or 5th. That automatically (and unjustly, I might add) ranks it lower.

May 26, 2006 at 02:54 PM · Scott, you mentioned that particular piece makes your cat purr--what a cat! My cat hates just about all music, but especially anything Polish. If I'm playing some Beethoven she's all right, but as soon as I switch to Wieniawski (or Chopin on the piano) she just runs out of the room. It's really funny.

May 26, 2006 at 03:10 PM · Most cats I have known, ones that I have spent any time with, are happy to sit near the speakers and slowly move their ears around when Mozart is on, especially if the music is calm and at its most harmonious. Any sort of dissonance or sturm und drang will send them scampering. I think your kitty may be a bit xenophobic?

May 26, 2006 at 03:13 PM · My cat's a bloody philistine. She can't even stand the sound of the violin by now. All I have to do is take it out of the case and play two notes, and she yowls and runs for the door. :)

May 26, 2006 at 04:29 PM · The second movement of Mozart 3, when Menuhin plays it. so beautiful. I love that peice

May 26, 2006 at 10:38 PM · Ilya: Well, when you put it like that...By the way, my phone doesn't like you again...

May 27, 2006 at 07:14 AM · You're right Ilya, this piece belongs to the top 5 (and a great performance you gave last night).

For those who were not privileged to be there, 2 outstanding recordings: Heifetz, Primrose, Feuermann (RCA or Biddulph) and a live performance at the library of congress by members of the Budapest quartet (Bridge).

The Requiem has been named several times, but curiously, I saw no mention of the great C minor Mass, which is often considered to be Mozart's most achieved liturgical composition. To my mind, it ranks higher than the Requiem as far as sheer melodic inspiration and beauty is concerned.

May 27, 2006 at 12:40 PM · I second that.The C minor mass is really a wonderful piece of music.Same for the Sinfonia Concertante.


May 27, 2006 at 02:46 PM · Don't forget the Coronation Mass. It's sublime.


May 27, 2006 at 03:40 PM · in terms of pure and simple beauty, I say 2nd mvt of mozart 3. in terms of an overall work, probably one of the masses of the requiem. note: as long as I never have to play the 2nd vln part for the requiem again....

May 27, 2006 at 03:51 PM · why so?;)


May 27, 2006 at 03:53 PM · because it was so bloody tiring lol. and not nearly as intereesting as the first violin part

May 27, 2006 at 04:19 PM · so that was the reason..thought so.

why not some of Mozart's 'lighter' music like the Haffener serenade,maybe not his best yet exquisitely charming in the Mozartian way?


May 27, 2006 at 04:44 PM · just personal preference ;) I prefer darker/heavier works to the lights ones in general

May 27, 2006 at 04:59 PM · Me too. Cheers Flory! :)

May 27, 2006 at 10:52 PM · You know, his Eine Kleine Nachtumusik really is quite good. It's just so well known that people take it for granted. Myself formerly included. A couple years ago I was supposed to play it for a summer festival and when I got the music in the mail, I was like, "Hey, I know this song. No problem." Yeah. Right. When it actually came down to playing the piece. it was challenging as anything, but with some really special care (and a very good conductor) it turned out to be one of the most sublime pieces I have ever played in orchestra.

Well, there's my two cents anyway. :-) I also love his "Haydn" quartets.

May 28, 2006 at 02:12 AM · "Eine Kleine Nachtumusik.... but with some really special care (and a very good conductor) it turned out to be one of the most sublime pieces I have ever played in orchestra."

I had a similar experience with the Concerto in 'C' for Harp and Flute, though the last movement is a bit of a snore.

May 28, 2006 at 06:16 AM · hi..

wasn't the Coronation Mass the one that was completed by Levin ?Has it come out on CD?


May 28, 2006 at 06:44 AM · Twinkle makes me tear up every time.

May 28, 2006 at 02:34 PM · Awwwww . . .

May 28, 2006 at 06:06 PM · I love the Adagio in E major K261. I heard Maxim Vengerov perform that in a recital and it was amazing!!!

May 28, 2006 at 06:24 PM · I thought the Requiem was recently completed by Levin.

May 28, 2006 at 07:33 PM · it was, and it's a very good version.


May 29, 2006 at 06:49 AM · Unfortunately Levin's arrangement of the C- Mass is not so successful. Just performed it at Carnegie tonight. Ugh! Yuck...I'd actually like to hear some Mozart next time the name in the upper right hand corner says Mozart.


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