Looking for cadenzas for Mozart Violin Concerto no. 3 in G
Hello everyone! I am going to be performing Mozart Violin Concerto no. 3 this year with a small ensemble. I am looking for interesting cadenzas to try with the piece. The edition that I have (Henle) comes with some cadenzas by Kurt Guntner which are nice but I would like to explore some of the other options that exist. It seems like the Franco cadenza is often performed, but I haven't found the sheet music yet. I think it is very beautiful. Does anybody know where it is? Are there any other interesting cadenzas anybody would recommend?
My professor encouraged me to think about composing and performing my own cadenza. I have never done this, but it could be an interesting challenge for winter break : ) Does anybody know of any good resources with information about composing cadenzas for the Mozart violin concerti?
While the Sam Franko cadenza is very popular, I encourage students who are looking at the Mozart 3 to consider the Franz Beyer version as well, as it is more in line with the difficulty level of the rest of the work.
Agree with your teacher's recommendation to write your own. As well as being a good compositional exercise, it makes you engage with the motifs of the particular movement as your cadenza will be largely based on these. First call is to look at the surviving cadenzas Mozart wrote - the Sinfonia Concertante and a select few of the piano concertos which survive (he would have mostly have improvised hence why they don't all exist). They are certainly not without virtuosity, but perhaps they aren't as lengthy and self-centered as some later 19th and 20th century candenzas which are commonly played.
Thanks for the suggestions! I didn't realize Robert Levin had so many fantastic informational videos about improvisation. I was already a fan of his playing.
I suspect that the cadenzas that Mozart wrote down were first performed by him as improvisations.