Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491
The Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, is a concerto composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for keyboard (usually a piano or fortepiano) and orchestra. Mozart composed the concerto in the winter of 1785–1786, finishing it on 24 March 1786, three weeks after completing his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. As he intended to perform the work himself, Mozart did not write out the soloist's part in full. The premiere was in early April 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Chronologically, the work is the twentieth of Mozart's 23 original piano concertos.
The work is one of only two minor-key piano concertos that Mozart composed, the other being the No. 20 in D minor. None of Mozart's other piano concertos features a larger array of instruments: the work is scored for strings, woodwinds, horns, trumpets and timpani. The first of its three movements, Allegro, is in sonata form and is longer than any opening movement of Mozart's earlier concertos. The second movement, Larghetto, in E♭ major—the relative major of C minor—features a strikingly simple principal theme. The final movement, Allegretto, is a theme and eight variations in C minor.
Performances & Interviews
- Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vzz5g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vzz5g.jpg2014-05-04T11:06:00.000ZGerard McBurney looks at Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491, with the help of musical examples played by Tim Horton.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01yhr9f
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24Gerard McBurney looks at Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491, with the help of musical examples played by Tim Horton.