Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio

By: Wolfgang A. Mozart
For: Large mixed ensemble
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Wolfgang A. Mozart
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
8 minutes
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The Sonata in A is the second of three sonatas now established as likely to have been composed during 1783, perhaps during the period Mozart and his wife Constanze spent in Salzburg in the summer months of that year. This was the occasion on which the composer introduced his new bride to his father Leopold. Mozart clearly intended this trio to form a group, numbering them from one to three. They were almost certainly composed with his Viennese pupils in mind, teaching forming one of Mozart's principal sources of income during his early years in the Austrian capital. The present sonata has gained particular fame for its last movement, the "Rondo alla turca." That movement took its inspiration from the popularity of quasi-Turkish music in Vienna, a fashionable form already exploited by Mozart in his German singspiel, Die Entf?hrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction form the Harem) of the previous year. The central movement is a Minuetto in the tonic key of A, with a central trio section in D, making the sonata also unique in Mozart's output in that none of the three movements is in sonata form.

Along with its two companions, the A major Sonata was published in Vienna by Artaria in 1784, rapidly attaining a popularity that has persisted until the present day. As with so many of Mozart's works, it offers much for both Kenner and Liebhaber, connoisseurs and mere lovers. Its Turkish element places it among the first pieces of music in the European tradition to show any kind of non-Western influence. Beyond that, it offers a greater-than-usual complement of unforgettable Mozartian melodies.

The second movement is arranged here for a small chamber orchestra.

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The Barber of Seville - Overture, Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, The First Noel, Of The Father's Love Begotten, The Cannon Ball Rag, O Christmas Tree, Lullay My Liking, Away In A Manger, Swan Lake - Dance of the Cygnets, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, The Coventry Carol, Symphony No.25 - 2. Andante, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, Bethena - A Concert Waltz, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Slavonic Dance, Op.72 No.2, Key-Stone Rag, Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, Habanera from "Carmen", Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, The Amazon Rag, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Who Let The Cows Out?, Birthday Minuet, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, Symphony No.25 - 3. Menuetto, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), Lullaby, Semper Fidelis, The High School Cadets, Angels We Have Heard On High, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, The Holly And The Ivy, Roses From The South, King Cotton, Symphony No.29 - 1. Allegro moderato, The Blue Danube Waltzes, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Gradual, Le Coucou, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, Habanera from "Carmen", O Holy Night, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Espana - 2. Tango, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, In Dulci Jubilo, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), String Serenade - 2. Waltz, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, Gymnopedie No.1, We Three Kings, Serenade No.10 , Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Tales From The Vienna Woods, Suite Bergamasque - No.3 Clair de Lune, Thais - Meditation, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, Wine, Women and Song, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, Ode To Joy, Maple Leaf Rag, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, The Washington Post March, Trio No.3, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, The Liberty Bell March, Deck The Halls, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 3. Gavotte I and II, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", La Cinquantaine, 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), God Save The Queen, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 3. Allegro assai, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Canon in D, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 2. Affettuoso, Water Music Suite No.1 in F, O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, Trombone Johnsen, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, Piano Sonata in A "Alla Turca" - 3. Rondo, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 1. Overture, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), Auld Lang Syne, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 3. Allegro, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, La Marseillaise, The Nutcracker - Overture, Pavane, Op.50, The Sleeping Beauty - Waltz, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Policy King, The Entertainer, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13 Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks), Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, Symphony No.29 - 2. Andante, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, Symphony No.40 - 4. Allegro assai, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), The Ragtime Dance, The Marriage of Figaro - Overture, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, Berceuse, Op.16, Hands Across The Sea, Emperor Waltz, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Trio No.2, The Flight of the Bumble Bee, Once in Royal David's City, Artist's Life Waltz, Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", Holberg Suite - 1. Prelude, Capriol Suite, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, String Sonata No.1 - 3. Allegro, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Unto Us A Child Is Born, String Sonata No.1 - 1. Moderato, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 1. Vivace, Holberg Suite - 3. Gavotte and Musette, Silent Night, Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 2. Menuetto; Trio 1; Trio 2, Trio No.4, St. Paul's Suite - 1. Jig, Thaxted (I vow to thee, my country), William Tell - Overture, La Primavera ("Spring") - 3. Allegro: Danza pastorale, St. Paul's Suite - 3. Intermezzo, I Saw Three Ships, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 2. Largo ma non tanto, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, La Primavera ("Spring") - 2. Largo, St. Paul's Suite - 2. Ostinato, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 3. Rondo "alla Turca", Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.7, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 2. Adagio molto, O come, O come, Emmanuel, Brook Green Suite - 1. Prelude, Che gelida manina, from "La boheme", Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 2, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Senza Mamma, from "Suor Angelica", Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, O mio babbino caro, from "Gianni Schicchi", Ah! per sempre io ti perdei, from "I Puritani", Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8 and 1812 Overture

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