Mozart - Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major
There’s an ongoing joke we tell in Chicagoland: it isn’t unusual to see all four seasons happen in a day. That’s kind of what today felt like: the morning was mild, sunny, spring like. And around noon, beautiful! Birds were singing, it was hot, I took a walk in the sun and listened to this happy-go-lucky pastoral concerto. And then the clouds came and brought chilly winds. I accidentally walked my dog in shorts and flip flops, and god it was freezing cold for me. Even so, I enjoyed my walk to Dairy Queen while brushing the digital dust off of this concerto, one of Mozart’s only two double concertos. The only work he wrote with the harp. I can only assume that Mozart had France in mind, since both the flute and harp were tied up with a rustic and pastoral French ideal [dare I say a Concerto champêtre to reference one of my French favorites?]. In reality, Mozart wrote this for one of his students, the daughter of another wealthy patron, who was an exceptional flautist and harpist. The product of this side project was this beautiful concerto, that is so easy to use as a cliche example of “soft, relaxing, pretty Mozart”. But why is that a bad thing? In the 1984 film Amadeus, Salieri is looking over Mozart’s perfect scores and part of the second movement plays, I would argue the highlight of the work. Music from heaven, wonderful music. I don’t see why we can’t celebrate beauty when we hear it.
3. Rondeau: allegro