String Quintet no. 4 in G minor, K. 516
The String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is like all of Mozart's string quintets a "viola quintet" in that it is scored for string quartet and an extra viola (that is, two violins, two violas and cello). The mood of the piece is dark and melancholic, typical of Mozart's G minor works.
The work was completed on May 16, 1787, less than a month after the completion of his grand C major Quintet, K. 515. This would not be the last time that a great pair of C major/G minor works of the same form would be published in close proximity and assigned consecutive Köchel numbers. The following year, the 40th (G minor) and 41st (C major) symphonies (respectively K. 550 and K. 551) would be completed within a few weeks of each other.
Performances & Interviews
- Mozart: String Quintet No. 4https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w01bg.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w01bg.jpg2014-05-04T13:20:00.000ZGerard McBurney unlocks the secrets of Mozart's String Quintet in G minor, K516, with the help of musical examples from the Vellinger Quartet and Roger Chase (viola).https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01yhvvn
Mozart: String Quintet No. 4Gerard McBurney unlocks the secrets of Mozart's String Quintet in G minor, K516, with the help of musical examples from the Vellinger Quartet and Roger Chase (viola).