1777: Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major

THURSDAY, January 28, 2021 – 11:55 AM

Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, age 21

The official number is K. 311, which was an old attempt to put Mozart’s music in chronological order, but it was a very inaccurate system. The book in which I first saw this sonata put the sonatas in a completely different number. I remember them by key, and there are three sonatas in the key of D major. This is the 2nd and was written late in 1777. The number above, No. 9, is absolutely inaccurate. It seems that every editor numbers these sonatas differently, so pianists generally seem to refer to it as K. 311

Various pianists, in no particular order

Landowska

This is a very early recording, all the way back to 1937. It is incomplete

Wanda Landowska plays Mozart Sonata K311 – I

Wanda Landowska plays Mozart Sonata K311- II

Wanda Landowska plays Mozart Sonata K311- III

These three recordings above are what I first heard. I don’t know why they are broken up this way, which seems stupid.

Krystian Zimerman

Larrocha

Maria João Pires

Uchida

Barenboim

These other five recordings are all a bit different, and I have not listened to all of them completely.

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