This arrangement for two pianos, four hands is loosely based on a turn of the century version arranged by Carl Reinecke for C. F. Peters, Leipzig.
Sonata for Two Pianos, Four Hands in F Major K. 497
Wolfgang A. Mozart based on the arrangement by Carl Reinecke
re-edited by Elizabeth Manduca
The Sonata in F major for piano duet was written in 1786. Mozart often played four hand literature with his sister, Nannerl. There were occasions where they were called upon to perform this type of literature. This work is a substantial sonata with an Adagio introduction and frequent use of contrapuntal textures instead of the more often used homophonic accompaniments. This arrangement for two pianos, four hands is loosely based on a turn of the century version arranged by Carl Reinecke for C. F. Peters, Leipzig. It was typical during this time for arrangers like Reinecke to double melody parts, fill in chords, add low bass notes, dynamic and articulation markings, and expressive indications. Many of these markings have been removed and some of the parts redistributed to make the work more like Mozart and less like a romanticized replica. Some of the additions to chords were necessary for the resolutions of various lines, but these were kept subtle. The third movement presents some technical difficulty which is eased somewhat by having the two pianos.
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