Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K 546
Serenade in G major, K 525, ‘Einekleine Nachtmusik’
Serenade in D major, K 239, ‘Serenatanotturna’
Divertimento in D major, K 136
Divertimento in B flat major, K 137
Divertimento in F major, K 138
Up to and including Mozart, one important task for every composer not employed by the Church was to entertain. Much of Mozart’s best-loved music consists of occasional works intended for receptions and parties, balls and banquets, ceremonies and celebrations. These pieces are known to us under a number of different names: serenades, divertimenti, Nachtmusikand notturniare just some examples. In so far as these are genres, the distinctions between them are often blurred and many of them seem to have been used more or less interchangeably. But when the music is so fresh and immediate, labelling it becomes less important. In 1778, Leopold Mozart –who never missed an opportunity to impart his wisdom –wrote to his son describing what characterizes a successful piece: ‘Short, easy and popular… written in a natural, flowing and easy style –and at the same time bearing the marks of sound composition.