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K361 ‘Gran Partita’ & K388 in C Minor

London Winds 
Director: Michael Collins

Serenade K361 (370a)  “Gran Partita”
in Bb major for 13 wind instruments
en si bémol majeur for 13 instruments à vent
B-Dur für 13 Bläser
1. I Largo – Molto allegro   9.06
2. II Menuetto – Trio - Trio II  9.32
3. III Adagio    5.09
4. IV Menuetto (Allegretto) – Trio – Trio II 4.41
5. V Romanze: Adagio – Allegretto – Adagio 6.56
6. VI Thema mit 6 Variationen (Andante)  9.59
7. VII Finale (Molto allegro)  3.24
For  purely musical reasons of improved blend and balance, London Winds have performed K361 for many years with contrabassoon rather than double bass . Mozart clearly indicated string bass in the autograph, but equally the contrabassoon and its players in 1780s Vienna would have struggled with the required articulation of the part, and by the early 1800s the instrument had improved to the extent that the first printed edition of K361 uses contrabassoon and Beethoven gives it prominence in both the Fifth Symphony and Fidelio. Mozart himself specified contrabassoon only once: in the Masonic Funeral Music K477, where its role is more sustained and technically simpler. 
Serenade K388 (K384a) “Nacht Musique”
C minor. ut mineur. C-moll
8.  I Allegro    8.29
9.  II Andante    4.02
10. III Menuetto in canone – Trio  4.26
11. IV Allegro    6.39
Total time:    72.33