This Mozart piece is often confused with the Rondo (KV 514) associated with the “First Horn Concerto.”  Wolfgang Plath discovered this error of mistaken identity in 1971.1  It is a delightful little movement that deserves its own time in the limelight.  Like the other Mozart works for horn, this also was originally written for natural horn and the performer Joseph Leutgeb (1732-1811).  Mozart was so kind as to leave Leutgeb some words of encouragement and sarcastic comments in the margins!  Technical difficulties include a lip trill, some rapid tonguing, and cross-over fingerings.  It is accessible to an advanced high school student.

 

Composer Mozart, W.A. (Franz Süssmayr)
Dates (1756-1791)
Duration 4:00
Horn Range F3 to F#5
Level Easy/Medium
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques Lip Trill
Era/Style Classical
Country/Region Germany
Accompaniment Available Orchestra, Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy
Movements One Movement
 1 W.A. Mozart, Rondo, KV 412 (386b), Karl Marguerre, ed.  (Wiesbaden, Germany: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1980).