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Obvious Mozart Poll

  • Allegro

    Votes: 7 25.9%
  • Romanze

    Votes: 7 25.9%
  • Menuetto

    Votes: 4 14.8%
  • Rondo

    Votes: 9 33.3%
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Its been so long since I heard this I can't honestly answer this question. Yet. But thanks for giving me my first piece of music to listen to for the night. Answer incoming shortly!
 

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I voted for the Allegro -- not because it's my favorite, but because it's the only movement I know.

When I was in college, I heard this piece every single school day for the entire academic year. It's what the Form & Analysis professor played to demonstrate the fundamentals: how to analyze with your ears and not with your eyes. Its simple Classical Sonata Allegro form was the only one we studied. Not rondo, or binary form or rounded binary form and not even Romantic Sonata Allegro (i.e. theme groups.) I once remarked to a professor afterward that if I hear that theme when I die, I'll know I've gone to hell. At least that's how I felt at the time.

Now that I've been away from college for some years, I can stand to listen to it again, and this time venture forth and listen to all four movements. (Well, OK, maybe just the other three.) At any rate, thanks for the post!
 

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My favourite movement is the fourth, Rondo. I really don't know why... I just do. My favourite performances- Marriner/Acadamy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra.
 
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Too be honest all but the menuetto have become -- "icky" is the only word I can think of. They have become icky from overuse, but I don't hear the menuetto as often for some reason. It also has something a little closer to counterpoint than the others. I much prefer counterpoint to the stubbornly homophonic texture of movement 1.

So movement 3 for me.
 

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A curiosity: Mozart listed the work in his catalog as having five movements, not four, with a second minuet and trio (the two being movements two and four). There is much uncertainty over where the extra movement went, prior to the work's belated publication in 1827.
 

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A curiosity: Mozart listed the work in his catalog as having five movements, not four, with a second minuet and trio (the two being movements two and four). There is much uncertainty over where the extra movement went, prior to the work's belated publication in 1827.
That really is a shame. It needs another minuet because this one is too short! I always have to listen to it twice. :D
 

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Too bad I can't vote for all of the movements.
 

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It's very difficult, as the work is of uniform quality throughout so any judgement will be subjective, but the Rondo sums things up nicely. This work was my very first LP, a present from a family friend over 60 years ago, Decca with Karl Munchinger.
 

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I like them all. Allegro I suppose for this poll. The purest form of melody by one of the very greatest composer of all.
 
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