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Flute Quartet in D K285 1st movement - Allegro Mozart Help Opus Details
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Tune DescriptionThis Flute Quartet, was written in 1777 whilst Mozart was in Paris with his mother, and completed in Mannheim. He had a commission of 200 florins promised from a wealthy amateur, an East Indian Dutchman named Ferdinand De Jean, who wanted four concertos and six quartets. Mozart probably only received half of this, because he did not complete all the flute works asked for. Mozart clearly did not particularly like the flute, nor did he like the Dutchman, so he wrote these works reluctantly. He wrote to his father Leopold, in Salzburg "You know that I become quite powerless whenever I am obliged to write for an instrument I cannot bear."

This quartet is light in spirit, and contains very lovely idiomatic writing for the flute, which, much like the first violin in many string quartets of that time, has the dominant part. This first movement is a spirited Allegro, in fully developed, classical sonata-form with the flute carrying the melodic line. In the centre of the movement, there is some use of chromatic lines, and the flute carries on a dialogue with the strings.

Most people would be proud of such lyrical and charming works, without having felt reluctant!

Category: Chamber Music String Quartet Featuring Flute Classical Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   D Major also featuring Violin, Cello Play MP3 using player below.

1    main theme, played on the flute

2    Second theme played on the violin, then the flute.

3    Third theme, played on violin at first, then on flute.
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