Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat K. 297b
Though it’s no mystery that Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds is charming, there is quite a bit of mystery surrounding it. The main problem is figuring out why the original manuscript of the work wound up in Berlin, despite Mozart saying he wrote the work for four of his friends in Paris two years prior. It’s possible that someone other than Mozart arranged the work as it presently stands – it’s also possible that Mozart never actually wrote it. While we may never know how the manuscript ended up in Germany, and not with Mozart, there is much evidence Mozart did compose the work – the French were fond of multiple-instrument concertos at the time Mozart wrote the work. And it features Mozart’s signature wind instrument writing. The Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat by Mozart, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7, on Classical WSMR.