I have been lacking inspiration to write my own music lately, and so I have decided to do another project that I have been wanting to do for quite some time. I have always wanted to do an arrangement of a Mozart piano sonata for a woodwind quartet. This project required less inspiration and more hard work, so after a few weeks it is finally in a shape that is worthy of sharing with you.
I chose to arrange a set of variations that form part of Mozart’s D major piano sonata KV284. This sonata is one of two that contains a set of variations as a movement, the other being the famous A major sonata. Just like the A major sonata, this one is both extremely delicate and very passionate at the same time. Mozart had the ability to take the simplest theme and create elaborate and mind-blowingly clever variations, every single one a little masterpiece…
I used urtext of the score to make my arrangement. I clicked the notes into Overture4 and painted all the controllers in by hand right into the score. And then recorded the music playing from the score in Overture4 using the GPO woodwind soloists.
Variations VII and XI were particularly challenging because of the ornaments. In arranging the piano music for woodwinds, I had to take some liberties with the score. I put a copy of the variations from a public domain score if you wanted to follow along. This score is not very good, but it is usable. My score is not ready for display.
I hope you will enjoy this beautiful piece.
Mp3 is here (ca. 10Mb)
Score is here