Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

One of the most important and influential composers of the Classical period. His more than 600 works include symphonic, chamber, operatic and choral music. He was born in Salzburg and travelled widely throughout Europe with his father, Leopold, performing before heads of state as a child prodigy. His adult life was spent in Vienna.

Mr. Alessi’s comments:

Think in 4 but feel in 2; use an Andante or walking tempo. The opening three measures must be very stately and somewhat authoritative and then you should play legato style from there on.  Perform the opening with a simple f dynamic; try to play it in one breath but if you must breathe, do so very quickly between mm. 1 and 2. Count the rests VERY accurately. The end of m. 6 may have a small ritardando.  Remember that the quarter note D in m. 7 is only a quarter note in length, do not play it longer. Hear the singer in your mind after you finish in m. 7 and try to make the fermata the appropriate length. The dynamic in m. 8 should start about p-mp and grow from there.  In m. 15 start playing at the p dynamic.  The use of vibrato is not recommended; the music will speak for itself. Mozart should be pure and simple.

Mozart Tuba mirum positions meas n 15-11-28

Follow the full score while listening and play along with the annotated trombone part with the Orchestra “Machine”. Click here for Mozart Tuba mirum from Requiem.