A Musical Joke, K. 522

A Musical Joke (Ein musikalischer Spaß) K. 522, is a divertimento by W.A. Mozart, finished in 1787. Parodic in nature, it is sprinkled with clumsy repetitive figures, toghether with passages designed to mimic the effects of inaccurate notation and poor performance. Comedic devices include the use of asymmetrical phrasing, the use of secondary dominants where subdominants are required, discord in horns, whole tone scales, polytonality (in a very early use). The English title A Musical Joke is believed to be a poor rendering of the German original: spaß does not strongly ... more

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Recording W.A Mozart - Ein Musikalischer Spass - I. Allegro. (In sonata form) Favorite Download
Recording W.A Mozart - Ein Musikalischer Spass - II. Menuetto and Trio Favorite Download
Recording W.A Mozart - Ein Musikalischer Spass - III. Adagio cantabile Favorite Download
Recording W.A Mozart - Ein Musikalischer Spass - IV. Presto. (Sonata rondo form) Favorite Download

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