Mozart — Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement)

About the piece

Most of the time the orchestra perform happily together but sometimes one instrument becomes a focus and has a little more fun. A concerto is a piece for a solo instrumentalist and orchestra, showing off the skill of the soloist. This piece was composed for a brilliant horn player, Mozart’s friend Joseph Leutgeb. Joseph was often on the receiving end of pranks and jokes from his composer friend and this piece is a musical chase as if the orchestra are running after the French horn player who is one step ahead! Catch me if you can! You cannot get this tune out of your head, just like the hook in a good pop song.

Horns of the time were very difficult to play because they didn’t have valves (buttons) to press. These horns were mainly used to play hunting fanfares but being a horn player on a hunt was dangerous as you had to ride a horse and play at the same time!

About the composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is one of the world’s most famous composers. Can you believe that he was only 5 years old when he wrote his first pieces of music, the most famous being Andante in C which is a little piece for piano. Along with his talented sister, he played in front of royalty all over Europe before he was even a teenager. By the time he was in his early twenties he had grown tired of working for others and set himself up as the first freelance professional composer. In his short life he composed over 600 works.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the Ten Pieces website

More resources for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the Ten Pieces pages on the BBC website.

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