Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) originally composed his Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade for Strings in G major KV 525) for strings quartet, although there are versions in which another melody instrument like a flute replaces the first violin. The piece includes four movements -Allegro, Romanza, Menuetto and Rondo- even though there is some discussion amongst musicologists around a fifth movement, the Finale.
Andrew Forrest (also see the Links page) made a nice and enjoyable arrangement of this piece for guitar quartet. Guitar 4 has the 6th string tuned to D.
The complete Serenade was quite a long piece, so I made an extract in the form of the Romanza, the slow movement. The individual parts fit on two pages and form a nice pastime for a guitar quartet. Forrest succeeded in maintaining the atmosphere of the original very well.