« Oh Mozart, immortal Mozart… »

Jovanka Marville, fortepiano
Florence Malgoire, violin

Sonatas for harpsichord – or fortepiano – and violin were all the rage around 1770. The violin was still dominated by the keyboard then, and violin scores were sometimes even marked « ad libitum ». The violin came into its own in Mozart’s and Schubert’s compositions, becoming independent of the piano, although pieces were still entitled « Sonatas for fortepiano with violin accompaniment ».


Mozart’s influence can be heard in Schubert’s music, particularly in the sonatas he composed at the age of 19. The similarities between the two composers, which include simplicity that is at once poetic and tragic and flowing melody, are well known. Schubert’s admiration for Mozart shines through in his words: « Oh Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, oh how many priceless impressions of a better, more radiant life have you placed in our souls? »


W.A. Mozart


Sonata in G Major KV 301

Allegro con spirito, Allegro


F. Schubert


Sonatina in G minor

Allegro giusto, Andante, Menuetto, Allegro moderato                   


W.A. Mozart

Sonata in E minor KV 304

Allegro, Tempo di Menuetto 


F. Schubert

Sonatina in D major

Allegro molto, Andante, Allegro vivace