Piano Concerto In E Flat, K. 482; 3rd Movement (1785) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Copper plate engraving cerca 1785 of Vienna

Mozart completed the Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major on December 16, 1785 as he was approaching the height of his popularity in Vienna. Almost simultaneously, he had been working on the score to The Marriage of Figaro. This is the second concerto to feature here from Mozart released in the same year. The previous article was Piano No 20 Concerto in D Minor.

Wolfgang Amadeus constantly composed during this successful period in Vienna. Symphonies, songs, sonatas, piano concertos, arias, quintets, quartets, trios and horn concertos. Financially, he was now very well off. He was even able to afford the rent for an apartment in Schulerstrasse, right behind St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, for 460 guilders per year – more than his father earned in an entire year.

Though opera like The Marriage of Figaro was the most prestigious genre of music, piano concertos formed the bread and butter of Mozart’s career at the time, and his performances of his own works were in high demand. Today’s concerto piece which features prominently in the Film Amadeus is the final stanza (Allegro) of the entire Piano Concerto No 22.

Michael Kelly, an Irish tenor who originated the roles of Basilio and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, left a vivid description of Mozart’s piano technique from this time: “His feeling, the rapidity of his fingers, the great execution and strength of his left hand particularly, and the apparent inspiration of his modulations, astounded me.”

As far as we know, Mozart likely performed this particular concerto at least three times during his life: twice within a few weeks of its completion and again during a series of subscription concerts the following Lent.

References:
1. Something Rare: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482 – Houston Symphony
2. Mozart.com – Mozart establishes himself in Vienna

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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6 comments on “Piano Concerto In E Flat, K. 482; 3rd Movement (1785) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  1. I enjoy that scene in Amadeus. It was a fantastic way to show the inner making of the composer. The parts and then hearing the whole. I loved it.

  2. Very nice! I really enjoyed the film, Amadeus!

  3. Lisa S says:

    Classical music will always have a special place in my heart. The movie was well done for sure. Not seen it in awhile. Mozart was very talented and creative. We cannot forget the other greats also. Being creative and sharing your work takes tremendous courage. To place a price on your work even more so (as i am finding out), because you are baring your soul and heart to people. 😊🤗❤ hope everyone takes care and stays safe 🙃

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