|This week violinist Marije Johnston and pianist Nathan Williamson feature two Mozart Violin and Piano Sonatas in their programme, the famous E minor K.304 and less well known E flat major Sonata K.302. Both Sonatas were written in 1778, while Mozart and his mother were on an epic journey around several major European centres with the basic aim of finding Mozart a job – a task in which (believe it or not) he was more or less entirely unsuccessful… |
Sadly Mozart’s mother died on the trip while in Paris, and it is always said that Mozart wrote the E minor Sonata around this time, hence its rather melancholy and rather wistful character. It is, indeed, the only Violin Sonata by Mozart in a minor key.
The E flat major Sonata is a rather more boisterous and cheerful work, virtuosic and energetic for both instruments. Both violin Sonatas were published together in a book of six Sonatas as Mozart’s first published work, his ‘Opus 1’, indicating how highly he thought of them.
Also on the programme will be the beautiful Handel F major Sonata, and shorter pieces by Bartok and Piazzolla.
A reminder of the ‘new normal’, that numbers of tickets are strictly limited because of social distancing – and must be booked in advance via this link. We are unable to sell tickets on the door due to covid restrictions.
We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday for another hour of beautiful, live music! Do join us!