Mozart's Keyboard Concerto in C Minor: A Journey Beyond Compositional Norms

Talitha Murphy, University of North Texas

W.A. Mozart's Keyboard Concerto in C Minor stands out even amongst the composer's great compositions as a divergent work, breaking off from the composer's tendencies as marked by the Viennese style and exploring new harmonic and structural grounds. This paper aims to explore the ways in which this work deviates from Mozart's other compositions and synthesize this understanding with potential biographical influences that may have impacted the work's creation, thus offering up a new perspective on its invention and its place in Mozart's larger body of works.

By approaching this analysis from both a theoretical and historical standpoint, this paper hopes to reach a deeper understanding of the concerto that is benbeficial to performers and resarchers alike.