Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Adagio in E major K. 261
[vl,orch] duration: 8'
solo: vl – 18.104.22.168. – 22.214.171.124. – str
From a letter sent by Leopold Mozart to his son, it would appear that Wolfgang Amadeus delivered this Adagio as a single movement to the Salzburg violinist Antonio Brunetti in 1776 after Brunetti found the original middle movement "too scholarly."
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There is considerable evidence to support the claim that the present Adagio in E major is an alternative middle movement intended for the well-known A-major Violin Concerto K. 219. Ultimately, Mozart decided to leave the work (written in 1775) as it was, without change.
The violin part of the present edition contains – also in the tutti sections – the upper part of the orchestra, thus leaving it up to the soloist to decide whether he should pause here or join in.