Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478
Piano Trio in A minor
Disregarding the Viennese musical conventions of his time, Mozart brought forth the piano as an equal partner to the strings in his Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor. This innovation amplified the piece’s thematic possibilities, making the quartet an especially delightful demonstration of Mozartian brilliance.
Written at the onset of the Great War, Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor was written directly before the composer attempted—unsuccessfully—to enlist, and as such straddles the patriotic Frenchman’s pre and post-war output.