Flute Quartet No. 1 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


'''Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major''', K. 285, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for flute, violin, viola, and basso the first of three quartets for the amateur Ferdinand De Jean, was probably written between 1777 and 1778.''Mozart: Studies of the Autograph Scores'' by Alan Tyson Harvard University Press, 1987, p. 29

It is in three movements :

#Allegro (D major, sonata form, common time)

#Adagio (B minor, ternary form, 3/4)

#Rondeau: [Allegro] (D major, sonata rondo form, 2/4)

Ludwig van Beethoven borrowed from the first movement for his Duo for clarinet and bassoon of 1792."Beethoven's Debt to Mozart" J. Arthur Watson ''Music & Letters'', Vol. 18, No. 3 (Jul., 1937), p. 253

The "distinguished Adagio in B minor, [is] a romantic troubadour song which, in the brevity of its thirty-five bars, hints at the future slow movement of the A major piano concerto (K.488).""Mozart and the Flute" Martha Kingdon Ward ''Music & Letters'', Vol. 35, No. 4 (Oct., 1954), pp. 305-306

There are a number of different editions. The edition of G. Schirmer was edited by Louis Moyse, while that for International music was edited by Jean-Pierre Rampal

The piece has also been arranged for flute and guitar.