Scores and Parts
Heft I (Nos.1-3)
Heft II (Nos.4-6)
Adagio and Fugue in D minor (No.1)
||Preludes and Fugues, K.404a
||Sechs langsame Sätze und dreistimmige Fugen
||Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.
||12 (6 couples)
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||string trio: violin, viola and cello
Most of the pieces are Mozart's arrangements of works by Wilhelm Friedemann and Johann Sebastian Bach. Only 4 of the preludes, the adagios, are original compositions by W.A. Mozart.
- No.1 Adagio and Fugue in D minor: The Fugue is based on WTK I, No.8 in D♯ minor (J.S. Bach).
I have been given to understand that attribution of these works (original and arrangements—the former as works, the latter as well-done arrangements by a composer who later wrote one of the very earliest and still best substantial works for this instrumental combination) to Mozart while I would agree likely, is not certain - is there manuscript evidence, etc.? While the conjectured circumstances would be at the right time in Mozart's life for all the right reasons (involvement in Swieten's circle and introduction by him to more of the corpus of music by J.S. Bach, several other reasons, mentioned in Alfred Einstein's fine 1950s book - but that's not quite the same thing :) (Indeed, a couple of sources, e.g. this blog and others give either "attributed" or even "dubious". May be best to move to "Anonymous" or somesuch... (Schissel)