Piano Concerto No 12 in A major, K 414
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (385p), was written in the autumn of 1782 in Vienna. It is scored for solo piano (or harpsichord), two oboes, two bassoons (optional), two horns, and strings (consisting of violins, violas, cellos, and double basses). Like all three of the early Vienna concertos that Mozart wrote, it is a modest work that can be performed with only string quartet and keyboard (i.e., "a quattro"). As per 18th century performance practice a string orchestra could also have served as a suitable option for the "quattro" accompaniment.
The concerto has three movements:
It was the first of a set of three keyboard concertos (with K. 413 and 415) that Mozart performed at his Lenten concerts in 1783. The concert rondo in A, K. 386, has often been discussed as an alternative finale to the work; however, K. 386 cannot be performed a quattro, and autograph evidence shows that the current finale starts on the same sheet as the end of the slow movement.
Performances & Interviews
- Mozart: Piano Concerto No, 12 in A major, K414 (extract)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03pgq2h.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03pgq2h.jpg2016-04-17T11:00:00.000ZPreview of music performed at the BBC Promshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03pgqnv
Mozart: Piano Concerto No, 12 in A major, K414 (extract)Preview of music performed at the BBC Proms