Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time

Guide to Performing
Mozart’s Keyboard Concertos

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Published guides to the performance of specific works were almost unknown in the 18th century, when the repertory was constantly changing and new music was the order of the day. A. E. Müller (1767-1817), a Kapellmeister in Leipzig between 1794 and 1810, was principal flutist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra, organist at the Nicholaikirche, and from 1804, cantor at the Thomaskirche. His wife, Elisabeth Catherina Rabert, performed Mozart's piano concertos as soloist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. This "Instruction on the True Manner of Performing Mozart's Keyboard Concertos, Principally with Regard to Correct Fingering" was probably jointly authored by the couple. The publication demonstrates that Mozart's concertos were already on their way to becoming "classics." On the other hand, however, that the subsequent volumes covering the rest of Mozart's piano concertos never appeared suggests that sales of vol. 1 may have been poor.

This copy is in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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August Eberhard Müller (1767-1817), Anweisung zum genauen Vortrage der Mozartschen Clavierconcerte hauptsächlich in Absicht richtiger Applicatur. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, [1796].
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