Quartet in F, K. 168 - Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
The Jupiter Quartet
Steve Levintow, viola
Paul Hale, cello
Michael Jones, violin
Andrew Davies, violin
Recorded as part of the Live Oak Concerts series at the Berkeley Art Center August 30, 1998. The Jupiter Trio was in residence at the Berkeley Art Center during the 1998-99 season.
Produed by Berkeley Citizen
All labor donated
See more of the series: Live Oak Concerts
Program notes: Mozart wrote his Quartet" K 168, along with five other quartets, in his seventeenth year, 1773, Though less fully developed than Mozart's mature work, the piece already reveals an essential aspect of his sensibility in its interweaving of melancholy and extroversion. The first three bars of the first movement sing blithely in F major, cadencing after an upward octave jump; the next two bars answer, after a silent beat, with a moody chromatic figure, which in turn gives way to a dashing scale and another jaunty F major cadence, So the movement goes in its brief course. The Andante foreshadows later sacred music in its combination of intense chromatic harmonies with relatively simple, flowing rhythms. A stately and straightforward minuet follows, The work finishes with a brilliant fugue; for the last entry of the fugue subject, all four instruments play in unison.