Mozart – Violin Concerto no. 5, “Turkish”
Another concerto written in his teen years, before he shifted his attention to promoting himself in concert with the piano. That seemed to be yet another example of ways his relationship with his father was deteriorating [apparently Leopold hated the piano?]. The fifth violin concerto is very bright, the opening movement is vibrant and fun and almost dreamlike. The middle is a lovely idyllic piece that’s easy to get lost in. The last movement starts as a charming rondo, but shifts to something more “dark” and “violent”, the “Turkish” moment that the title refers to because here Mozart is recreating the sounds of janissary bands [or so how European audiences assumed they sounded like]. A nod to how Turkish culture was “fashionable” in Vienna at the time. Talk about the historical inaccuracies of Amadeus all you want, at least one character dropped the reference “Everything Turkish is in”. I first heard this work at a CSO concert with my friends, and I remember it was an interesting program; Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel, this concerto, and John Adams’ Harmonielehre. So, a Classical, a Late/Post Romanic, and a Postmodern(?) piece. And I thought that this one would be the most “boring” because at that time I was still meh toward Mozart in general, but the last movement was so much fun it gets stuck in my head often. I imagine it as the soundtrack for a movie, maybe one of the very strict characters is walking into a scene. Cue music.
1. Allegro aperto
3. Rondo – Tempo di minuetto