Mozart:Balletmuzik zur Pantomine “Les petits riens” Ouverture – symphonic wind dectet/bass


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Les petits riens (French for “The Little Nothings”) is a ballet in one act and three tableaux by Jean-Georges Noverre, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other unknown composers, possibly including François-Joseph Gossec[citation needed], first performed at the Academie Royale de Music in Paris on 11 June 1778.

While Mozart was staying in Paris, Noverre asked him to compose a new score for a ballet that he had created in Vienna in 1767. The ballet was to be danced as an interlude in the new opera Le finte gemelle by Niccolò Piccinni. The opera was a flop and closed after four performances. Although the ballet music was well-received, Mozart was not credited with it, and he was at the time little-known in Paris.

This arrangement for wind dectet and bass/tuba is the Overture.

Horn parts are for natural horns in C basso. (Alternative parts from Horn in F

The score, catalogued as K. 299b, was thought lost, but it was rediscovered in the Paris Opera’s archives in the late 19th century and has since entered both the ballet and symphonic repertoire.

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