Andante - Piano Concerto No. 21 (Mozart) Introduction
Andante is one movement of the Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 which was completed on March 9, 1785 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, four weeks after the completion of the previous D minor concerto, K. 466. Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of theClassical era.
In the Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, there are three movements.
1. Allegro maestoso; in common time. The tempo marking is in Mozart's catalog of his own works, but not in the autograph manuscript.
2. Andante in F major. In both the autograph score and in his personal catalog, Mozart notated the meter as Alla breve.
3. Allegro vivace assai
The famous Andante is in three parts. The opening section is for orchestra only and features muted strings. The first violins play with a dreamlike melody over an accompaniment consisting of second violins and violas playing repeated-note triplets and the cellos and bass playing pizzicato arpeggios. All of the major melodic material of the movement is contained in this orchestral introduction, in either F major or F minor. The second section introduces the solo piano and starts off in F major. It is not a literal repeat, though, as after the first few phrases, new material is interjected which ventures off into different keys. When familiar material returns, the music is now in the dominant keys of C minor and C major. More new material in distant keys is added, which transitions to the third section of the movement. The third section begins with the dreamlike melody again, but this time in A-flat major. Over the course of this final section, the music makes it way back to the tonic keys of F minor and then F major and a short coda concludes the movement.
Andante Stave is very simply so it is quite easy to learn.