Hommage à Mozart
Duration (in minutes): 12'39;
Difficulty: High (professional)
Publisher: Hofmeister Musikverlag
Score PDF: hommage_a_mozart_score_sample_pg._1-2-5.pdf
Text PDF: hommage_a_mozart_analysis-5.pdf
Description: Hommage a Mozart was commissioned by concert pianist Eric Himy and performed in a worldwide concert tour in 2006 - the year of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
In Hommage a Mozart I wanted to honor Mozart's gift for melody and his love for the vocal line, and the incredible feeling of spontaneity and improvisation of his music. This work is not a theme and variations: Mozart's themes are integrated within the music so they seem to grow out of the musical fabric. Two characteristics of the selected Mozart themes (a rhythmic motif and repeated notes) are an integral part of the work.
Hommage a Mozart has three distinct sections organized in a modified rondo form that flows without interruption. The main theme of this work is always varied every time it returns, sometimes with Mozart motifs embedded in it and undistinguishable. The contrasting sections are based on Mozart's themes.
Recorded by Eric Himy on Centaur Records (Homage a Mozart)