Three cadenzas on Mozart

for piano

John Palmer

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Composer John Palmer

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4th April 1990: I play Mozart’s piano concerto in C-minor KV 491 in Lucerne including my own cadenza for the first movement. 18 years later I accidentally find an old manuscript with the cadenza I had forgotten about and decide to add two variations to it.

4th April 2008: the three cadenzas now constitute a “self-contained” triptych unfolding in gradual tonal evolution and celebrating the joy of improvisation not only as an integral part of the old concerto performance, but also as a musical experience to be enjoyed beyond historical styles and as an independent and idiosyncratic practice.