Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin & viola
The sinfonia concertante is an interesting genre that was popular mostly at the end of the 18th Century, heading into the 19th Century. It’s a type of work that features multiple soloists – usually improbably or unlikely combinations – but it differs from a double or triple concerto in that the solo group doesn’t interact too much with the orchestra. Mozart attempted to compose a sinfonia concertante a few times in the late 1770s, but finally settled on completing one: the Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat for Violin & Viola. The work towers above the Mozart’s other pieces from that time period and is generally, and understandably, considered an early masterpiece by the 23-year old composer.