About this work
A divertimento is an informal piece of light music. Like the two others from his youthful period, Mozart's 1772 Divertimento in B-flat Major (K. 137) provided him with the only opportunity to write string chamber music in Salzburg. His father Leopold unsuccessfully tried to get the three works published as quartets. Unlike the other two, this divertimento begins leisurely. Yet beneath its graceful measures, tension builds for the exuberant second movement, with its wealth of thematic development. Most divertimenti from this period include minuets, yet this does not. No matter. The final movement generously provides us with a genial dance-like theme.
Curated by Maria Nemtsova, Pianist