Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Gérard Poulet's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  Gérard Poulet  is available 42 min. Violin

Gérard Poulet and Edith Cnockaert work on bowing techniques and tempo in this masterclass for the violin.

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About this masterclass

Gérard Poulet and Edith Cnockaert embark together on a musical journey with Mozart’s Concerto n°3 in G Major. 

According to Poulet, one of the most important aspects of this concerto is the need for rhythmic stability. Cnockaert must avoid playing the end of the long notes diminuendo as it, in Poulet’s words, weakens the “musical fabric” of the oeuvre. This instability can sometimes result in uneasiness for the audience. Poulet also advises his student to play within the framework of what Mozart wrote and to strive for calmness and simplicity. The bow strokes must be light to avoid putting too much pressure on the notes. 

Lastly, Cnockaert is encouraged to “broaden” her sound.  

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Finding rhythmic stability and maintaining the tempo. 

  2. Applying the correct amount of pressure on the bow.

  3. Staying within the composer’s framework. 

  4. Accuracy. 

  5. Performing with presence.  

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Composed in Salzburg in 1775, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, 1st movement is scored for solo violin, strings, two oboes, and two horns in G and D. The first movement Allegro is followed by an Adagio (includes two flutes) and a Rondeau: Allegro.  

The first movement is in classic sonata form and very operatic in character. It opens with the orchestra that plays a theme in G major that is bright and jovial. The solo violin and orchestra develop a dialog with one another that is happy and light. This is followed by a modulation to the dominant D major, which shifts to D Minor. After moving to other keys, the piece leads back to the tonic in the recapitulation.  

  • Composer: Mozart
  • Piece:Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216
  • Professor: Gérard Poulet
  • Student:Edith Cnockaert
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:13 April 2022
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:42 min.
  • Spoken language:French
Gérard Poulet

Gérard Poulet

This concerto is masculine/feminine: imagine the handsome man courting the beautiful lady.

Gérard Poulet

Sheet music

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Gérard Poulet

Gérard Poulet

At the age of 18, he won the 1st Grand Prix of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.

Gérard Poulet began as a child prodigy. His father, violinist and conductor Gaston Poulet had the privilege of premiering Debussy’s Sonata in 1917, with the author at the piano. Gérard entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris at the age of eleven, and graduated two years after being awarded First Prize, unanimously. At age eighteen, he won the First Prize at the Paganini Competition in Genoa.

He performs worldwide today with the finest orchestras, and in the most prestigious musical seasons, including that of Radio France and the Musée d’Orsay. No less than an eminent concert player, he is one of the greatest pedagogues of our time. Since April 2005, Gérard Poulet has been an invited professor at Tokyo's National University of Fine Arts and Music, after teaching for many years at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, as well as at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Presently, he is professor at the Showa University of Music in Japan since 2010.

In addition to giving masterclasses all over the world, he is also a member of many juries of major international competitions.

He was awarded with the Officier des Arts et Lettres in 1995 and Commandeur in 2019, as well as the Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 1999.

Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a great child prodigy of Western music and one of the most important musicians of Classicism. He wrote more than six hundred compositions and single-handedly developed and popularized the piano concerto. He was widely recognized during his lifetime, and is still regarded as the most universal composer in the history of classical music.

Born in 1756 to Anna Maria and Leopold Mozart in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical talents were recognized at an early age. By age four, the young prodigy began playing the harpsichord, and by five-years old he was composing pieces. The  Mozart family would make several trips throughout Europe to exhibit the young boy and his sister’s sensational virtuosity with the harpsichord and violin.

In later years, Mozart would enjoy a flourishing career in Vienna. He frequently performed as a pianist and was regarded as the most outstanding keyboard player in the city. In addition to his career as a performer, Mozart established himself as a fine composer. In 1782, he wrote the opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which was very successful. Other renowned operas written by the rising composer included Le Nozze de Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), and Cósi fan Tutte (1790).

The death of his father in 1787 may have marked the decline of Mozart’s career. He composed very few works, suffered many financial problems, and in 1791 during a visit in Prague for the premier  of his opera  La clemenza di Tito, Mozart became very ill. In his final days, Mozart was preoccupied with completing his final oeuvre : Requiem in D Minor, K. 626. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete this piece (it was later finished by his student Franz Xaver Süssmayr) as he passed away on December 5th, 1791 possibly of rheumatic fever, however the official cause is unknown.

Despite Mozart’s tragic early demise, the brilliant instrumentalist and composer left an unparalleled legacy. He was a gifted composer all around and wrote in every major genre including but not limited to symphonies, operas, solo concertos, sonatas, masses and more. His influence is wide and profound, and his music continues to be recognized and celebrated for its ingenuity.

 

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