Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) was written in 1778. The sonata in C major is among one of the three works in the cycle K.330-332. The sonata was composed and complete in the summer of 1778 whilst Mozart was on holiday in Paris. This sonata was written within several months of his mother's death. However, it is not known whether his mother died prior or following the composition of this sonata.
A typical performance takes about 18 to 20 minutes.
The sonata is in three movements:
- Allegro moderato
- Andante cantabile
I: Allegro moderato
The first movement typically takes about five minutes to eight minutes to perform. It is basically calm and quiet.
The movement is composed of a main theme which repeats twice, then a bridge and then a recapitulation of the main theme.
The main theme starts in key of C major, modulates to G major and stays in G major. The bridge is very intense and shows clever passages and modulations. In the recapitulation the main theme starts in C major, modulates to G major and then modulates back to C major.
II: Andante cantabile
The second movement takes between five and seven minutes to perform. To the end of the piece, there is a question on the conclusion. Editors have resolved to employ a most "Mozart" idea to replace the lost autograph.
The third movement is the most energetic movement. Performance times range from three to five minutes. Use of arpeggios is prevalent throughout the piece. Like the second movement, the last few bars were lost in the autograph as well.
Piano sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
No. 1 in C major, K. 279 · No. 2 in F major, K. 280 · No. 3 in B-flat major, K. 281 · No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 282 · No. 5 in G major, K. 283 · No. 6 in D major, K. 284 · No. 7 in C major, K. 309 · No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 · No. 9 in D major, K. 311 · No. 10 in C major, K. 330 · No. 11 in A major, K. 331 · No. 12 in F major, K. 332 · No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333 · No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 · No. 15 in F major, K. 533/494 · No. 16 in C major, K. 545 · No. 17 in B-flat major, K. 570 · No. 18 in D major, K. 576
List of solo piano compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart