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Sechs Deutsche Tänze, K600
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Mozart’s only salaried employment at the Viennese court was to provide dance music for the court balls, much the same position as Johann Strauss II held over 70 years later.
This is a set of German Dances dating from January 1791. The German Dance is an ancestor of the waltz, although there is nothing much here that is waltz like. If the work had been titled “Six Minuets and Trios” it would not have caused comment.
It does show what you get if you make one of the greatest composers who ever lived write trivial dance music. You get the best trivial dance music ever written. He said that he was paid too much for what he did but not enough for what he could do.
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