Mozart's Thematic Catalogue - ff. 21v-22r
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17 May to August 1789
In April Mozart travelled with Prince Karl Lichnowsky to Berlin, then the capital
of Prussia. They travelled via Prague, Dresden and Leipzig, arriving in Berlin
on 19 May. The reason for the trip is unclear – perhaps Mozart hoped to
obtain an appointment from the Prussian king. He appeared at the Prussian court,
and was apparently commissioned to write six quartets for King Friedrich Wilhelm
II, as well as some easy sonatas for his daughter, Princess Friederike. On this
page Mozart entered a piece he wrote on the trip, as well as the first of the
so-called Prussian quartets and a sonata traditionally associated with the commission
for the princess.
17 May 1789 (in Leipzig)
K574. A little gigue in G, for piano. This appears to have been composed during
Mozart's trip to Berlin.
In June 1789 (in Vienna)
K575. A string quartet in D, known as the first "Prussian" quartet,
because it is thought to have been written for King Friedrich Wilhelm II of
Prussia, who was very fond of the cello.
In July 1789
K576. A piano sonata in D, traditionally thought to have been one of the "six
easy sonatas" Mozart was commissioned to write for Princess Friedrike
In July 1789
K577. Mozart wrote this rondo for soprano, Al desio, di chi t'adora, for the singer Adriana Gabrielli, who played the part of Susanna in the 1789 revival of Le nozze di Figaro in Vienna.
In August 1789
K578. Mozart wrote this aria, Alma grande e nobil cuore, for Domenico
Cimarosa's opera I Due Baroni, to be sung by Louise Villeneuve, a soprano at
the Burgtheater in Vienna.
Musical extracts recorded at the Royal College of Music, London