Violin Concerto No.1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Concerto No.1 in Bb major


About this work

The Köchel numbers of Mozart's five official violin concertos (there exist sixth and seventh concertos that are surely by others' hands) suggest that they were all composed essentially as a group. While this is doubtless true of the last four, from the year 1775, it now seems very likely that this first violin concerto was actually a preparatory essay written in 1773. It was among the first concertos Mozart composed, which would account for the work's comparative lack of maturity. The mood of this concerto is joyous. It is rather simple in form, with good melodies. But those listeners alert to the usual subtlety of Mozart will notice, for instance, that the accompaniment to the violin's first melody in the concerto is really quite monotonous. The work is not very frequently performed in concert.