This week sees us listening to a range of Mozart’s most famous string quartets. A particular highlight of the week is KV. 465 – Dissonance. This is one of Mozarts most famous works.
The first movement opens with ominous quiet Cs in the cello, joined successively by the viola (on A♭ moving to a G), the second violin (on E♭), and the first violin (on A), thus creating the “dissonance” itself and narrowly avoiding a greater one. This lack of harmony and fixed key continues throughout the slow introduction before resolving into the bright C major of the Allegro section of the first movement, which is in sonata form.