Piano Concerto No. 7 (Mozart)

In 1776, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed three piano concertos, one of which was the Concerto for three pianos and orchestra in F major, No. 7, K. 242. He originally finished it in February 1776 for three pianos; however, when he eventually recomposed it for himself and another pianist in 1780 in Salzburg, he rearranged it for two pianos, and that is how the piece is often performed today. The concerto is often nicknamed "Lodron" because it was commissioned by Countess Antonia Lodron to be played with her two daughters Aloysia and Giuseppa. The third piano part, intended for the younger daughter, is more moderate in its technical demands.[1]

Concerto for three pianos
No. 7
by W. A. Mozart
Pianoforte by Johann Andreas Stein (Augsburg, 1775) – Berlin, Musikinstrumenten-Museum
KeyF major
CatalogueK. 242
Composed1776 (1776), rev. 1780
MovementsThree (Allegro, Adagio, Tempo di minuetto)
  • 3 pianos
  • orchestra

The concerto is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns, 3 solo pianos and strings. It has 3 movements:

  1. Allegro 4
  2. Adagio in B-flat major 4
  3. Rondo: Tempo di minuetto 3

Girdlestone, in his Mozart and his Piano Concertos, describes the concerto and compares one of the themes of its slow movement to similar themes that turn up in later concertos – especially No. 25, K. 503 – in more developed forms.[2]

The first British performance was given by the New Queen's Hall Orchestra at The Proms, Queen's Hall on 12 September, 1907. The soloists were Henry Wood, York Bowen and Frederick Kiddle, under the baton of Henri Verbrugghen.[3]


  1. Morrison, Michael: Allmusic description
    • Girdlestone, Cuthbert. Mozart and his Piano Concertos. 2nd edition. 1952: Norman, University of Oklahoma Press. Republished by Dover Publications, 1964, ISBN 0-486-21271-8.
  2. BBC Proms Performance Archive
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.