8 Variations on "Come un agnello", K.460/454a (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus)

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Authorship Note
Mozart's authorship of all eight variations is now in doubt. See the miscellaneous comments below.



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TN-Mozart Werke Breitkopf Serie 21 KV460.jpg

Series XXI editors (exact editor not specified)
Otto Goldschmidt, Joseph Joachim, Carl Reinecke
Ernst Rudorff, Paul Waldersee

Publisher Info.:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Werke, Serie XXI:
Variationen für das Pianoforte, No.12
(pp.2-11 (84-93))
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1878. Plate W.A.M. 460.


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Misc. Notes:

Originally scanned at 300dpi grayscale, converted to 600dpi monochrome.


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Unidentified Publisher, n.d.


Moscow: Muzyka, n.d. Plate 9301.


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TN-Mozart, Wofgang Amadeus-NMA 09 26 17 KV 460.jpg

Kurt von Fischer (1913–2003)

Publisher Info.:

Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, Serie IX, Werkgruppe 26,
Variationen für Klavier
[NMA IX/26 (pp.154-56)]
Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1961. Plate BA 4525.

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Misc. Notes:

scan: score scanned at 600dpi (High Quality Scanning) This fragment it seems -is- the complete work; the "Complete work" above in other scans contains material no longer believed to be by Mozart. NMA (relevant sections of series 9 and the undigitized series 10 - 2 variations in the former, 8 variations in the latter rather as an Anhang, I think) seems to cover this- will have to have a look at the printed copy at the library...


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See: Variations pour le Piano (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus) for the Köhler/Winkler edition published by Henry Litolff.

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General Information

Work Title 8 Variations on "Come un agnello"(?)
Alternative Title
Composer Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Opus/Catalogue Number K.460 ; K⁶.454a
Key A major
Movements/Sections ? (2 only by Mozart?)
Year/Date of Composition 1784 June, Vienna
Composer Time Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation Piano
External Links NMA score
NMA report (German) (both on "Zwei variationen" on Come un agnello"; "8 Variations" is now indeed relegated to an appendix.)
Extra Information Based on an aria from the opera Fra i due litiganti il terzo gode by Giuseppe Sarti.

Misc. Comments

Mozart's authorship of this work is uncertain Mozartforum (unsigned comment from P.Davydov, 25 Dec 2010)

This seems to be true- see NMAfs/rpt - Listed under fragments in NMA-report. Series X, supplement, contains 8 variations- perhaps these are the dubious ones, while the 2 variations in the main portion are the two that Mozart is believed to have written? Because the "Acht Variationen" is now in the appendix, while the work in the main section is now "2 Variations". ... Curiouser and curiouser... - Schissel
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