Horn Concerto No. 4 (Mozart)
|Horn Concerto in E-flat major|
|by W. A. Mozart|
The composer in 1782
|Movements||Three (Allegro, Larghetto, Allegro)|
The work is in three movements:
A typical performance duration of the concerto takes 16-18 minutes.
The manuscript, written in red, green, blue, and black ink, was formerly considered as a jocular attempt to rattle the intended performer, Mozart's friend Joseph Leutgeb. However, recently it was suggested that the multicolored score may also be a kind of "color code".
The last movement is a "quite obvious" example of the hunt topic, "in which the intervallic construction, featuring prominent tonic and dominant triads in the main melody, was to some degree dictated by the capability of the horn, and so was more closely allied with the original 'pure' characteristics of the 'chasse' as an open-air hunting call."
This concerto is one of Mozart's two horn concerti to have ripieno horns (horns included in the orchestra besides the soloist), though, in contrast to K. 417, the solo horn in this one duplicates the first ripieno horn's part in the tutti passages.
Given its duration (no more than 20 minutes), it is quite common to find this Horn Concerto with Mozart's other three.
Discography on modern instruments:
- 1954: Dennis Brain (horn); Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan (conductor), EMI
- 1964: Barry Tuckwell (horn); London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag (conductor), Decca
- 1970: Gerd Seifert (horn); Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (conductor), Deutsche Grammophon
- 1972: Alan Civil (horn); Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner (conductor), Philips
- 1975: Peter Damm (horn); Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner (conductor), Philips
- 1980: Günter Högner (horn); Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm (conductor), Deutsche Grammophon
- 1984: Barry Tuckwell (horn & conductor); English Chamber Orchestra, Decca
- 1985: Hermann Baumann (horn); St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman (conductor), Philips
- 1985: Michael Thompson (horn); Philharmonia Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green (conductor), Nimbus
- 1985: Francis Orval (horn); Brussels Festival Orchestra, Robert Janssens (conductor), Marcophon
- 1987: Dale Clevenger (horn); Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, János Rolla (conductor), Sony
- 1987: Radovan Vlatković (horn); English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor), Warner
- 1988: David Jolley (horn); Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon
- 1993: Frank Lloyd (horn); Northern Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor), Chandos
- 1996: Luc Bergé (horn); Prima la Musica, Dirk Vermeulen (conductor), Eufoda
- 1997: David Pyatt (horn); Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner (conductor), Warner
- 2006: Johannes Hinterholzer (horn); Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Ivor Bolton (conductor), Oehms
- 2011: Alessio Allegrini (horn); Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado (conductor), Deutsche Grammophon
Discography on period instruments:
- 1974: Hermann Baumann (natural horn); Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor), Teldec
- 1987: Anthony Halstead (natural horn); Hanover Band, Roy Goodman (conductor), Nimbus
- 1990: Timothy Brown (natural horn); Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor), Erato
- 1993: Ab Koster (natural horn); Tafelmusik, Bruno Weil (conductor), Sony
- 1994: Anthony Halstead (natural horn); Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor), L'oiseau lyre
- 2007: Teunis van der Zwart (natural horn); Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz, (conductor), Harmonia Mundi
- 2007: Paul Van Zelm (natural horn); Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem De Vriend, (conductor), Etcetera
- 2013: Roger Montgomery (natural horn); Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Margaret Faultless (concert master/conductor), Signum
- 2015: Pip Eastop (natural horn); The Hanover Band, Anthony Halstead (conductor), Hyperion
- Jean-Pierre Marty, The Tempo Indications of Mozart. New Haven & London: Yale University Press (1988): 43. "The very absence of sixteenths is also an incentive towards overly fast tempos, and this is why the finales of the Horn Concertos K.386b, 417 and 447 are almost always performed faster than 88/264. Yet, the finale of K.417 ends with a coda marked Più allegro, and the finale of the fourth horn concerto (K.495), though very similar in style to the other three, is marked Allegro vivace."
- Mozart, W. A. (2002). Hornkonzert Nr. 4 Es-dur KV 495. Klavierauszug. Wiese, Henrik (preface). München: G. Henle Verlag. pp. III. ISMN M-2018-0704-1
- John Irving, Mozart, the "Haydn" quartets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1998): 95, note 20. "Once defined, however, such 'chasse' characteristics could survive transplantation to other instruments and genres," such as the String Quartet in B-flat, K. 458.
- Leavis R (1953). "Mozart's Last Horn Concerto". Music & Letters. 34 (4): 316. doi:10.1093/ml/xxxiv.4.315.