Sleigh Ride


Mozart, W A


3 mins 24 secs


Flute, oboe, clarinets in B flat , French horn in F and bassoon





Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1757 – 1792, was a child genius and prodigy. He was composing from very early childhood and could play the piano brilliantly equally early. One of his earliest compositions was Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman (Mother, if I could tell you) which has been corrupted into Twinkle Twinkle Little star. Whilst the theme of this is straight forward, the variations Mozart wrote certainly were not. Mozart produced a staggering amount of music in his short life which was blighted by mental illness and alcoholism. As well as 41 symphonies, 27 piano concerti, 22 operas, 5 violin concerti, 4 horn concerti and 7 other wind concerti, 36 violin sonatas and a shed load of chamber and other music (marches, minuets, religious music, divertimenti), he wrote the incredible Requiem.

This modern quintet arrangement is of his 3rd German Dance K605 that was written in 1791. Mozart called it Schlittenfahrt or Sleigh Ride and unusually included tuned sleigh bells, hence its name. It has quite a straight forward musical layout and this should suit lesser experienced groups. However, there are some technically challenging little bits players should be wary of, especially the horn player.

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