The Kegelstatt Trio

for viola, clarinet and piano
by W. A. Mozart

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Another very interesting work Mozart wrote for viola is the Kegelstatt Trio K498, for clarinet, viola and piano.

According to the tradition, it was composed while Mozart was playing skittles (Kegelstatt, in German).

This trio is for a very unusual combination of instruments, although there are a few more compositions for this group, by Schumann, Bruch and Reinecke.

Several times Mozart composed works having specific people in mind. For example, he composed the horn concertos for a friend horn player, the piano concertos for himself, arias for particular singers and so on.


The Kegelstatt trio was composed for his piano pupil Franziska Jacquin, for his friend clarinet player Anton Stadler and for himself to play the viola. Yes, Wolfgang played the viola! That’s why he wrote beautifully for it, wonderful works like the Sinfonia Concertante for violin viola and orchestra, the string quintets with two violas, and other works.

For his friend Stadler, Mozart composed also the clarinet quintet and the clarinet concerto, one of his last works.

The trio is a very intimate composition, you can imagine these three friends enjoying themselves playing lovely music.

It was published with the indication of a more usual instrumentation, that is as a Trio for piano accompanied by a violin and a viola (adding that the violin part could be played by a clarinet). It was very common for a composer to publish a work giving indications of other instruments that could play it. It was just easier to sell it, and to more people too.

Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio K498 is another beautiful work for viola with clarinet and piano. He played it on the viola with his friend Stadler and a piano pupil. Listen to it, download MIDI file, score

Trio, in E Flat Major "Kegelstatt" for
Piano, Clarinet (Violin) and Viola, 1786

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The movements

This trio is in three movements, Andante, Menuetto and Allegretto. The viola and clarinet have both a similar, mellow voice and Mozart writes in a way that allows them, and the piano as well, to appear in turn as the soloist or accompanying each other. I especially like the third movement, very singing from beginning to end.


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