Mozart Gran Partita, Adagio

Sifting through old Alessandro Siciliani performances as Music Director with the Columbus Symphony. Came up with this pretty nice Adagio from Mozart Serenade No. 10 in Bb for 13 instruments. From his last year (2003-4?), reminiscing about his first year with us 12 years earlier.

The scene from the movie Amadeus which features this music is burned in my memory. It's Salieri's first glimpse of Mozart's music, which he hears just after catching him fooling around under the pool table. And it has become one of my favorite pieces of Mozart's music.

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4 comments for “Mozart Gran Partita, Adagio

  1. October 16, 2009 at


  2. Lyndon Moors
    October 14, 2009 at

    Oh, now I'll have to correct my joke – I thought the Basset horn was in G! …all these years… I love the Mozart Concerto recordings (David Shifrin etc.) which use the BH instead of the Bb.

  3. Lyndon Moors
    October 14, 2009 at

    This is also a great oboe showcase, and it came back to life for me, too, with its (truncated) appearance in Amadeus. But the magic in this piece which distinguishes it from the "sound" of the two famous Serenades is the prominence of the Basset horn.

    By the way, isn't the bark of a Basset hound a minor third lower than the other regular neighborhood dogs?

    • October 14, 2009 at

      Hi Lyndon. You have me chuckling with your comment. The Basset Horn is in F, a fourth below the Bb clarinet. It's modern relative, the Alto Clarinet is in Eb a step below the Basset Horn. You are right that the unique poignant color of this piece is defined by the tone of the wheezy Basset Horn.

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