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Gramophone Takes You Inside Mozart's Gran Partita
In one of the most memorable scenes from the film Amadeus, Mozart's rival composer Salieri recalls the moment he encountered the manuscript of the Gran Partita Serenade: ‘On the page it looked nothing...Just a pulse - bassoons and basset-horns - like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly - high above it - an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight. This was no composition by a performing monkey... it seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.'
In a new article on the Gramophone website, conductor Trevor Pinnock explores the score of Gran Partita with Philip Clark. Visit the Gramophone website to read the article.