Hagley String Orchestra


Mozart wrote his wonderful Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K364 for violin and viola solos with

chamber orchestra in the summer of 1779 when he was 23. He had just returned to his hometown of

Salzburg from a tour to Augsburg, Mannheim, Paris (where his mother died) and Munich in the vain

hope of obtaining employment. It seems that it was first published in 1802 after Mozart’s death in 1791.

Various arrangements were made of this work, including, in 1808, an arrangement for string 6tet

published by Sigmund Steiner, who, as an amateur player, may have commissioned it for himself. It

gained a new title Grande Sestetto concertante, in which the original two solo parts have been redistributed

between all the parts with the exception of cello 2/D.B.

We are thoroughly enjoying learning to play this 6tet in the version edited by Christopher Hogwood

(1941-2014) who was an eminent harpsichordist and conductor, and who founded the Early Music

Consort with the late David Munrow, and also the Academy of Ancient Music.

Haydn Thomas
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