In 1787, whilst Mozart was working on his opera Don Giovanni, he wrote his Serenade No. 13 in G k.525 – more commonly known as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The work’s title is often inaccurately translated as A Little Night Music but is more properly A Small Serenade. It has become one of the most recognisable pieces of classical music but it is not known why Mozart wrote the piece – or, more particularly, for whom he wrote it.
Originally there were five movements, but the second movement, a Minuet and Trio, has been lost, leaving us with just four: Allegro, Romance, Menuetto and a Rondo.
As part of Laurence Perkins’ International Bassoon Day the first movement of this piece was played on the steps of the Royal Albert Hall in London. Wow – what a rendition and so wonderful to see so many bassoonists!! Well done guys!: