Thursday, February 07, 2019

Mozart's K 590 Quartet and its dissonances

Some of Mozart’s most “shocking” music occurs in his late chamber music, including the String Quartet #23 in F, K. 590.  Modern and dissonant in all its elegance.
Richard Atkinson analyzes the fugue-like and almost monochromatic exposition of the lively 2/4 finale, with its inversions and perturbations.  In the development, the existential dissonance that results, however comical, becomes almost Schoenbergian.
The comical finale ends quietly and simply.
The Minuet of this quartet is remarkable, too, as I recall. 
The slow movement of the D Major Quintet also has a bizarre passage that is almost dodecaphonic.

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