Donald Macleod concentrates on the year Mozart arrived in Vienna, 1781. In this city he would spend the final decade of his tragically short life.
Donald Macleod explores the year that saw Mozart arrive in Vienna, the city where he would spend the final decade of his tragically short life.
This week, Donald Macleod dips into five key years of Mozart's life, and presents five of his chamber works for solo wind and strings. These works span Mozart's entire career, ranging from his four exquisite flute quartets to the late clarinet quintet - arguably one of the greatest chamber works ever composed.
1781 was the year Mozart finally escaped the petty frustrations of working for his patron, Archbishop Colloredo. He travelled first to Munich and then to Vienna. His opera Idomeneo was Mozart's major success on stage that year, and he also found time to compose several beguiling chamber works, including the second of this week's featured works for wind and strings: his Oboe Quartet in F.