The six quartets for two violins, viola and celloÂ transcribed for piano ranging from K.155 toÂ K.160, were composed by Mozart between 1722Â and 1723 in Milan, hence the name: “QuartetsÂ Milanesi” although in truth the first quartet was
composed in Bolzano.Â Mozart wrote the six quartets in the period whenÂ he was working at the opera Lucio Silla.
In the piano transcription he was faithfullyÂ reported what Mozart wrote in the score, we justÂ adapted the four instrumental voices to the scoreÂ of the piano.Â The style of these quartets clearly recalls theÂ italian, perhaps the young Mozart was influencedÂ by various Italian composers of the time asÂ Sammartini, who was personally acquainted,
Boccherini, Galuppi, etc.Â In fact, in the six quartets you see a little the style
of italian sonata.Â Previously, Mozart wrote his first quartet K.80Â always in Italy, and specifically in Lodi, while he
was passing with his father.Â starting from the second, of quartets written byÂ Mozart.
2-1 K.155 in D major Allegro â€“ Andante â€“ Molto Allegro
3-2 K.156 in G major Presto â€“ Adagio 1Â° – Menuetto â€“ Adagio 2Â° (original version)
4-3 K.157 in C major Allegro â€“ Andante – Presto
5-4 K.158 in F major Allegro â€“ Andante un poco Allegretto â€“ Menuetto
6-5 K.159 in B-flat major Andante â€“ Allegro â€“ Rondo: Allegro grazioso
7-6 K.160 in E-flat major Allegro â€“ Un poco Adagio – Presto
Probably, some of these quartets were perfectedÂ by Mozart on his return to Vienna in 1773.Â The level of execution varies from medium toÂ advanced, very pleasant to perform and tasty forÂ the listener, as if they were all fun.