Allegro * Andante * Presto
Opera, symphonies, concertos, chamber music … all 600 plus works flowed easily from the pen of Mozart in his short 35 years. This Divertimento, written at the age of 16, was the first of a group light-hearted yet supremely elegant works to be called the “Salzburg Symphonies”. Having three movements and not the more conventional four, and originally numbered K 125 a, 125 b and 125 c, these three differed from symphonies in that they were written for strings only. Concertmaster at the Court of Salzburg’s Archbishop at the time, Mozart also performed on the violin as well as the piano and may have written these brilliant, spirited masterpieces influenced by his visits to Italy for “background” music at dinners at the homes of Salzburg’s aristocracy. In fact, all do double duty as string quartets, perhaps even Mozart’s original intention.