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Piano Concerto in G major, Op 1 No 3
Dussek’s Piano Concerto in G major, Op 1 No 3, is an early work (one of three from Dussek’s first published set, composed before 1783), roughly contemporaneous with Mozart’s relatively early Viennese piano concertos, K413, 414 and 415, and just before that composer’s six concertos of 1784 (K449, 450, 451, 453, 456, and 459). Unlike all of Dussek’s subsequent efforts in the genre, this concerto is cast in only two movements (without a middle slow movement): an opening Allegro, capped by a fast rondo. The opening movement follows the typical Mozartian seven-part schema of opening tutti (first ritornello), solo exposition, second tutti, development, recapitulation, and closing tutti, bisected by an improvised cadenza. It is fascinating to ponder which (if any) of the Mozart concertos Dussek may have known at this point in his career, and indeed vice versa. And while Mozart is given the credit for codifying the late-eighteenth-century ‘double exposition’ first-movement concerto paradigm, the publication of Dussek’s Op 1 concertos in 1783 precedes Artaria’s issuing of the first Mozart concertos to be published (as Op 4 Nos 1–3, which we now identify as K414, 413, and 415, respectively) by two years. Though there doesn’t seem to be any documentary evidence, it is possible that the two young composers crossed paths.

from notes by Stephan D Lindeman © 2014

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