Mozart Listening Guide: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Easily recognized within the first three measures, this German title that translates to, “A Little Night Music”, was written in 1787 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Most likely completed as a commissioned work, this piece was originally scored for a chamber string ensemble; utilizing voilin, viola, cello and a double...

Mozart Listening Guide: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Easily recognized within the first three measures, this German title that translates to, “A Little Night Music”, was written in 1787 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Most likely completed as a commissioned work, this piece was originally scored for a chamber string ensemble; utilizing voilin, viola, cello and a double bass, but has been arranged for any combination of instruents desired.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik was published after Mozart’s death in 1827, by a publisher who received the piece in a bundle of works sold by Mozart’s widow Constaze in 1799. The entire work has four movements, though the first movement, Allegro, is universally the most well known. The easily remebered opening theme is built on a major triad and is usually referred to as an ascending Mannheim Rocket theme.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; fun to listen to, easily stuck in our brains, still performed and taught to this day, this work is regarded as one of Mozart’s greatest compositions and a wonderful piece with which to start your appreciation of Mozart! 

Here is a link to a live performance of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik!

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