Mozart used minor tonality seldomly in his compositions – but when he did, it is incredibly expressive. I have barely heard deeper expression of sorrow or sadness than in Mozart’s minor passages.
Whilst in his major tonality colours Mozart’s music expresses a joy which couldn’t be more joyful to me, it comes often with a seriousness, like laughing with both feet earthed on the ground.
It is a connection to something higher than us.
In his A-major piano concerto No. 23 this integration of heaven and earth comes out very much to me.
Listen to the second and third movement of this concerto.
Mozart’s music is like a huge caleidoscope.
Endlessly turning and very slow, taking time for every nuance there is.
Sometimes he surprises us but never leaves us alone, he retains a warmth in his music that I imagine he had in himself, coming out from a divine well.
Let yourself be taken with him there. He invites everyone of us.
I believe Mozart’s music mirrors us something which we all have in us: A divine source.
We just might have forgotten about it. Mozart actually gives us a huge gift. The gift to discover us anew.
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K 488: 2. Andante and 3. Allegro assai, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Alfred Brendel and Sir Neville Marriner: