Horn Concertos (Mozart)

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The four Horn Concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were written for his friend Joseph Leutgeb whom he had known since childhood. Leutgeb was a skilled player, as the works are difficult to perform on the natural horn of the period, requiring lip trills, much hand-stopping, and rapid tonguing.[1]


Fragmentary and incomplete works[edit]

In addition to the four works listed above, there are two incomplete concerto movements, K. 370b and the Concert Rondo, K. 371, both from 1781 and both in E-flat major, and a 91-bar fragment of the first movement for a concerto in E major (K. 494a), written in 1785 or 1786.[2]


Given the duration of the concertos (no more than 20 minutes each) it is quite common to find these horn concertos on the same CD, or in boxed sets of Mozart's concertos for wind instruments or even all his concertos. The Naxos Records CD Complete Works for Horn & Orchestra includes, besides the concertos, three rondos for horn and orchestra completed by musicologists.


  1. ^ Danner, Elizabeth A. (2014). Idiomatic Horn Writing: The Formal and Historical Contexts of Four Horn Pieces (Masters thesis). Eastern Illinois University. p. 3.
  2. ^ Humphries, John (2000). The Early Horn: A Practical Guide. Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music. Cambridge and New York City: Cambridge University Press. p. 87. ISBN 9780521635592.

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