L. Mozart and Starzer orchestral works

Author: 
Stanley Sadie

L. Mozart and Starzer orchestral works

  • Sinfonia, '(Die) Bauernhochzeit'
  • Musikalische Schlittenfahrt (Musical Sleigh-ride)
  • Symphony, 'Sinfonia burlesca'
  • (10) Dances
  • Sinfonia, '(Die) Bauernhochzeit'
  • Musikalische Schlittenfahrt (Musical Sleigh-ride)
  • Symphony, 'Sinfonia burlesca'
  • (10) Dances

The Mozart family humour is not famous for its subtlety, and I should not be surprised if quite a lot of readers shared my straightness of face at the whoops and the hurdy-gurdy in the Peasant Wedding or the cracking whips, the baying hounds and the whinnying horses in the Musical Sleigh-Ride. The music itself is of course slight; these little illustrative pieces hardly show Leopold at his best. The Sinfonia burlesca comes marginally closer: scored for just two each of violas and cellos with bass, and portraying commedia dell'arte figures, it has some pleasant ideas as well as trivial ones. You may be reminded of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 by the sound of the ensemble, but not for long.
The content of the LP from which this material comes has been augmented by the Starzer dances for this CD. Starzer was a Viennese ballet composer; the pieces here are modest in scale, but are gracefully written, with some happy touches of line and orchestration. The instruments used are described as authentic, but it is fairly clear that what seemed dubiously authentic in 1976 is certain to seem more dubious and less authentic now.'

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