Play Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for solo guitar
In this Installment of our ongoing Classical series, we return (as, not surprisingly, we have so often) to the work of that musical genius Wolfgang amadeus mozart (1756 – 1791). this time we are going to adapt one of his best known pieces: the first movement from his serenade no.13 For strings In G major K525, more commonly known as eine Kleine nachtmusik.
Completed in 1787, this piece was not published until decades after his death, and why or for whom it was written is not known. Despite the uncertainty of its origin, eine Kleine nachtmusik is undoubtedly one of the best known pieces in the entire classical repertoire, and still very much embedded within popular culture. In fact there is not a year in recent history when it hasn’t been used in both film and TV scores.
at the time of its composition, mozart had already written an amazing body of work. this included: 38 symphonies, 37 concerti for one, two and three pianos, bassoon, violin, flute, harp and horn; 17 operas and hundreds of other works – so his technical prowess, command of orchestration and creative force were all clearly established.
Originally written for a string quartet, with an optional double bass, eine Kleine nachtmusik is now most often performed by string orchestras. to make the multiple parts playable on the guitar, I’ve transposed the original key of G major down a 4th to D major, and edited some of the ornamentations and inner voices. even having done that, this arrangement will nonetheless present something of a challenge so be patient, break it up into sections for practice, and refer to the tab captions to guide you through some of the trickier passages. hope you enjoy learning and playing this masterpiece of the classical repertoire, and see you next month.
To make all the parts playable on the guitar the original’s key of G major has been transposed down a 4th to d.
NEXT MONTH: Bridget arranges and transcribe’s Strauss’s famous waltz, Blue Danube
Mozart: prolific and prodigious in equal measure