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An examination of the formal designs of the three movements that comprise Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B-Flat Major, K. 450, this thesis, along with a performance of the work (April 16, 2016), completes my Honors Project in the Macalester College Music Department. Drawing connections with standard musical forms that had been developed by the late eighteenth century, the formal analysis of K. 450, through a hermeneutic approach, offers a way of understanding the formal aspects of the three concerto movements. Particularly, it reveals that this concerto simultaneously presents the distinction of an individual in the societal context and the emergence of individual consciousness within a collective structure, two of the most enduring ideologies of the Enlightenment. Manifested in the musical sense, these two concepts further provide the concerto with formal stability.
Zhou, Yihao, "Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B-Flat Major, K. 450: A Performance and Formal Analysis" (2016). Music Honors Projects. 15.
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Mozart K. 450 II. Andante.wav (64786 kB)
Mozart K. 450 II. Andante.wav
Mozart K. 450 III. Allegro.wav (88352 kB)
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