Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time


Sketch for
the String Quartet in F major, K. 590

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Here, in a fine example of his sketching hand, Mozart has worked out an entire 42-measure minuet, establishing the continuity of ideas. The texture varies from one to four parts as Mozart indicates important accompanimental or contrapuntal details. The single measure on the eighth staff is probably a rejected idea for a trio.

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Facsimile of a sketch for the Minuet of the String Quartet in F major, K. 590 (1789). This manuscript belongs to the library of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg.
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