Andante in F major arranged for Flute, Violin and Viola, K616
- Interesting, worth a look
From the Publisher
"I hate that job and I can't finish it", he wrote to his wife. The Greatest Composer Of All Times, always short of money, sick from vanguard medical treatment (quicksilver was the drug of the day) and outlawed by the Austrian court ("only the best are worth to entertain our noble ears"), finally accepted the humiliating task and wrote background music, set for silly mechanical instruments. The Andante KV 616 is one of those works. Commissioned by the illustrious Count von Deym for his cabinet of wax sculptures in Vienna - kind of a predecessor of Madame Tussauds and famous for its attractive mix of erotic, morbid and heroic showcases - the music box was to be placed into a chamber displaying three sexy girls on a bed. Those waxen beauties were Mozart's most attentive listeners. (Comment by A. Bildau, added by KCB)
Video is of another arrangement for piano. The original verion is for mechanical organ.
Performance duration (approx): 9'
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).