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Wolfgang Amadéus Mozart: Variations

Typical traits in Mozart’s variation works are: variations that become progressively difficult, one variation in the minor mode, an Adagio tempo for the penultimate variation and a change in meter in the last.
Even the first two surviving sets, K. 24 & K. 25, composed when Mozart was ten years old, show some of these traits.
The best known of Mozart’s variations were written in the years after he had relocated permanently to Vienna. In K. 265, on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman, the degree of virtuosity rises to a new level.
There was a time when Mozart’s variation works were among the most popular items in the repertoire.
Nowadays, one rarely hears anything but the one just mentioned and perhaps also the Variations on Unser dummer Pöbel meint, K. 455, a really fine work where Mozart uses Gluck’s simple tune to show his mastery of melodic, harmonic and contrapuntal elements.

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TitleASTKey Published Type Level
8 Variations on "Laat ons Juichen" K. 24G Major 1766 Variations 8
7 Variations on "Willem van Nassau" K. 25D Major 1766 Variations 7
12 Variations on a minuet by J C Fischer K. 179C Major 1774 Variations 6
6 Variations on "Mio caro Adone" K. 180G Major 1773 Variations 7
9 Variations on "Lison Dormait" by Dezede K. 264C Major 1778 Variations 8
12 Variations on "Twinkle, twinkle" (Ah, vous dirai-je, maman) K. 265C Major 1778 Variations 7
8 Variations on the March "Mariages Samnites" K. 352F Major 1781 Variations 6
12 Variations on "La belle Francoise" K. 353E-flat Major 1778 Variations 7
12 Variations on the romance "Je suis Lindor" by A-U Baudron K. 354E-flat Major 1778 Variations 8
6 Variations on "Salve tu, Domine" K. 398F Major 1783 Variations 8
10 Variations on "Unser dummer Poebel meint" K. 455G Major 1784 Variations 8+
10 Variations on an original Theme K. 500B-flat Major 1786 Variations 8
9 Variations on a minuet by Duport K. 573D Major 1789 Variations 8+
8 Variations on "Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding" by B Schack K. 613F Major - Variations 7

Posts in the piano forum about Variations by Mozart:

xx Mozart Variations
November 08, 2010, 08:17:46 PM by kelly_kelly

I'm gradually discovering that there are about ten thousands sets of variations that I never knew existed! Many of them are less often played and more interesting than many of his sonatas, IMHO. What do you think? Does anyone have any favorites? I think I might like to choose one to work on after my exam is over...

xx Re: Get me excited about Mozart piano music!
January 13, 2007, 10:42:41 PM by sharon_f

Also look at some of his variations. Some of my faves are:

12 Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman", K. 265
9 Variations on a minuet by Duport, K. 573
6 Variations on "Salve tu, Domine", K. 398
and 10 Variations on Gluck's "Unser dummer Pöbel meint", K. 455, which I am currently finishing up on. (There's a very nice video on Google of this set.)

xx Mozart's variations
October 25, 2005, 05:46:41 PM by debussy symbolism


I hear all the discussion about the different "grades" the pieces belong to and I personally don't know that much about grades. I would like to know what grade the variations are as I am currently studying them. I really love the variations and am confused about ther difficulty rating. If anyone could elucidate to me their grade level I would really apreciate it. Thanks for the help.

Best Wishes to all.

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