Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prodigy, having performed at the piano all over Europe and written many compositions while still a young child. He wrote in all the musical forms of his day but is especially known for his symphonies, piano concertos and operas. At age 25 he wrote his only sonata for two pianos, the Sonata in D Major K. 448. Alfred Einstein wrote of this sonata that “not a single shadow darkens its cheerful character. The artistry of balance and dialogue between the two pianos, the delicacy of the figuration, the sense of texture in blending and exploiting the registers of the instrument are all of such supreme mastery that the seemingly ‘superficial’ and enthralling composition becomes one of the most profound and mature Mozart ever wrote.” This sonata was also significant in the scientific study that tested the theory of the Mozart Effect, expounded in the 1997 book by Don Campbell, “The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit.” The book discusses the theory that listening to Mozart, especially the piano concertos, may temporarily increase one’s IQ and produce many other beneficial effects on mental function. The theory is controversial but has many adherents.
Performance of Mozart Sonata in D Major for 2 pianos, 4 hands with Kara Comparetto at the Concord Community Music School on October 14th 2013