Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is undoubtedly one of the most notable Classical composers of all time. In his time, Mozart had composed over 600 works including 21 stage and opera works, 15 masses, over 50 symphonies, 25 piano concertos, 27 concert arias, 17 piano sonatas, 26 string quartets, and many other pieces.
Born in Salzburg, Austria, Mozart demonstrated musical abilities from his early childhood and beyond. He was proficient on piano and violin at a very young age and began his composing career at the age of five, often performing his works before European royalty. Later in his life, he moved to Vienna during which time he achieved most of his fame. Many of his best known works were written during these years, including portions of the Requiem, which was still unfinished by the time of his death.
Mozart’s third violin concerto was written during his time in Salzburg at the young age of 19. It is in three movements: the first movement, Allegro, is in sonata form with a G major theme played by the accompanying orchestra. The second movement, Adagio, is in ternary form in the key of D major with another beautiful orchestral introduction. The third and final movement is a Rondeau Allegro.
Included below is a video of world-renowned violinist Hilary Hahn performing the entire concerto for Pope Benedict. She is accompanied by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of esteemed conductor Gustavo Dudamel.