Instrumentation: Piano Quartet (Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello)
Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
Urtext / Critical Edition
It is hardly imaginable today, but the Viennese public of Mozart's time was unable to appreciate the beauties of Mozart's Piano Quartet K. 478. It was not accustomed to the dramatic in g Minor character – especially of the first movement – coming from this composer. and thus it came about that the publisher Hoffmeister refused to print any further quartets; after K. 478, Mozart wrote only the E-flat Major Quartet K. 493, although a series of six works had originally been planned. What a pity! Today the two piano quartets rank among the landmarks of Mozartian chamber music and continue to enjoy a great status.