Piano Concerto No. 8 (Mozart)

The Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246, or Lützow Concert was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in April 1776 in the same year as the Haffner Serenade (KV 250).[1] Countess Antonia Lützow, 25 or 26 years old, second wife of Johann Nepomuk Gottfried Graf Lützow, the Commander of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, was a fine pianist.[2] The solo work is not highly demanding, but it requires agility. Mozart played the concerto in Mannheim and Munich on October 4, 1777, and used it for teaching. Three different cadenzas have survived of varying difficulty, accommodating the abilities of performers from student level to professional: one for two pianos.[3][4][5]

Piano Concerto in C major
No. 8
by W. A. Mozart
The young composer, a 1777 copy of a lost painting
KeyC major
CatalogueK. 246
Composed1776 (1776)
MovementsThree (Allegro, Andante, Rondeau, Tempo di Minuetto)
  • Piano
  • orchestra

It is also suggested Mozart wrote a violin concerto for Countess Lützow's brother Johann Rudolph Czernin (and almost the same age as Mozart).[6] Johann Rudolf, his sister and their father were in connection with Mozart at that time, while Mozart was in service of their uncle Count Hieronymus von Colloredo.[7]


The concerto is scored for two oboes, two horns, solo piano and string section.


The concerto, very convenient for beginning performers,[8] is in three movements:


  1. Hutchings, A. 1997. A Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-816708-3
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-09-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Robbins Landon, H.C.C. (1990) The Mozart Compendium. ISBN 90-439-0312-4 pb.
  4. http://dme.mozarteum.at/DME/nma/nma_cont.php?vsep=148&l=1&p1=6
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2009-09-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. Mozartforum Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  7. The Cambridge Mozart encyclopedia by Cliff Eisen, Simon P. Keefe
  8. Mozarts Klavierkonzerte: Ein musikalischer Werkführer by Marius Flothuis
  9. Piano Concertos Nos. 7-10 in Full Score: With Mozart's Cadenzas
  10. Structural novelty and tradition in the early romantic piano concerto by Stephan D. Lindeman
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