The Violin
Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg in 1775. Mozart was only 19 at the time.


1 Instrumentation 2 Movements

2.1 I. Allegro 2.2 II. Adagio 2.3 III. Rondeau

3 Notable recordings 4 References 5 External links

Instrumentation[edit] Solo violin, two violins, viola, cello, double bass, two horns, two oboes (except second movement), two flutes (only at the second movement) Movements[edit] The piece is in three movements:

Allegro Adagio Rondeau. Allegro

I. Allegro[edit]

The Allegro is in sonata form, opening with a G major
G major
theme, played by the orchestra. The main theme is a bright and happy discussion between the solo violin and the accompaniment, followed by a modulation to the dominant D major, then its parallel key D minor. It experiments in other keys but does not settle and eventually heads back to the tonic, G major, in the recapitulation. II. Adagio[edit] The second movement is in ternary form and the dominant key of D major. The orchestra begins with the main theme, which the violin imitates one octave higher. The winds then play a dance-like motif in A major, which the violin concludes by its own. After a conclusion in A, the violin plays the main theme again, remaining in the same key. When it should have sounded A natural, it sounds A sharp, and the melody switches to B minor. It soon modulates back to A major, and to the home key of D major
D major
through the main theme. After the cadenza, the violin plays the main theme again, thus concluding the movement in D. This is the only movement in five violin concertos by Mozart where instead of oboes a pair of flutes are used. III. Rondeau[edit] The finale is a rondo which commences and concludes in G major
G major
and in 3/8 time. Mozart inserts into the rondo a G minor Andante section in cut common time.[1] Notable recordings[edit]

Year Violin Conductor Orchestra Record company Format

1987 Takako Nishizaki Stephen Gunzenhauser Cappella Istropolitana Naxos Records CD[2]

2007 Hilary Hahn Gustavo Dudamel Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR Deutsche Grammophon Multiple

References[edit] Notes

^ Irving, John. "Richard Tognetti - Australian Chamber Orchestra - Violin
Concertos 3 & 5 - Sinfonia Concertante: Liner notes" (PDF). BIS Records. Retrieved 29 March 2017.  ^ "Mozart: Violin
Concerto No. 3 / Beethoven: Violin
Concerto in D major". Naxos Digital Services Ltd. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 


Steinberg, Michael (1998). The Concerto: A Listener's Guide. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-513931-0. 

External links[edit]

Concerto in G K. 216: Score and critical report (in German) in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Violin
Concerto No. 3: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

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Concertos and other concertante works for violin by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207 No. 2 in D major, K. 211 No. 3 in G major, K. 216 (Straßburg) No. 4 in D major, K. 218 No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (Turkish)

Individual movements

Adagio in E major, K. 261 Rondo
in B flat major, K. 269/261a Rondo
in C major, K. 373

Multiple instruments

Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in D major, K. Anh. 56/315f (fragment) Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 364/320d Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, Cello and Orchestra in A major, K. Anh 104/320e (fragment)


Concerto (No. 7) in D major, K. 271a/271i (Kolb)


Concerto (No. 6) in E-flat major, K. 268/365b/Anh.C 14.04, attributed to Johann Friedrich Eck Violin
Concerto in D major, K. Anh. 294a/Anh.C 14.05 (Adélaïde), by Marius Casadesus

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