|Genre Categories||; ; ;|
|Work Title||Allegro, K.72a|
|Composer||Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||K.72a|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWM 28|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1769/1770|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Classical|
Only 35 bars survives, the only source, is a portrait of Wolfgang in Verona by Saverio Dalla Rosa (1745-1821). Einstein’s attribution of the Molto Allegro was taken over by Deutsch but not by later scholars, at least not universally. Daniel Heartz was the first to suggest the work may not be by Mozart but by someone else, and in this he was largely followed by Wolfgang Plath, who edited the work for the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe. According to Heartz and Plath, the style of the work depicted is atypical of the composer, including stylistic inconsistencies – notably a weak opening gesture in a quasi-trio sonata texture juxtaposed with galant style writing, and formal and modulatory procedures, among them a full close in the tonic at the end of the opening statement and transitions that lack continuity. Heartz finds all of these characteristics in the works of Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785), and suggests that he may in fact be the composer of the Molto Allegro.