In examining works this old, you’ll come across many editions of the same piece and interpreted in very many ways. Some rhythmical alterations, different articulations and even different notes! Mozart is of courseno exception to this.
For today I’d like to point you to 5:30 of
In the first movement Mozart had a greater band. He had the woodwinds that in general terms took care of the wet harmonies, the brass that took care of the more rhythmic harmonies along with the timpani, and strings to do everything 😉
In this second movement, the andante* he lets go of his steady trumpets and timpani that were so brilliantly used for punctuation, and only has the oboes to cover the high wood harmonies.
*Andante is today taken to be a much slower tempo, than the brisk walking tempo of Mozart’s time. Notice how the slower recordings of this movements tend to drag, while the more uptempo versions while not rushing seem to provide a certain direction.
Notice how he gets both punctuation and background in his bar 2:
All strings play a surprising sf while the winds – both woodwinds and horns – punctuate the beat but drop down to supporting cast immediately with their sfp.
- Where else and why he uses sf and sfp respectively.