Mozart Haffner Serenade / Musical joke
Mozart’s musical joke is a very enigmatic piece; some say it was his way of getting back at his overbearing father, as it was written shortly after his father’s death.
In any case, I have never understood why the piece has been performed and recorded countless times with an orchestra. On the first page of the first edition there is this vignette:
I don’t think Mozart’s intention could be clearer as to who should perform this piece, do you?
If you’d like to hear it played like this, then have a listen!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Haffner Serenade, Ein Musikalischer Spaß
March in DK 249
Serendade in D major K250
Ein Musikalischer Spaß K522
Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor
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