Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 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.

Forum posts about the Variations by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart Variations 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 ...

Re: Get me excited about Mozart piano music! 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 m...

Mozart's variations by debussy symbolism
Greetings I hear all the discussion about the different "grades" the pieces belong to and I personally don't know that much ...