Piano Sonata no. 16 in C major K 545 for String Quartet

For String Quartet

Uploaded on May 3, 2019

I figured I would take a break from my massive orchestration project, that being the Pathetique Sonata being arranged for a symphony orchestra. I haven't written for a string quartet in about a year. So I thought to myself "What could I do? Composing my own string quartet would be hard, though I certainly will at some point do that. Wait a minute, I know a sonata that is perfect to arrange for a string quartet, K 545 by Mozart."

So first I looked on IMSLP to see if it had already been done and while I did see several piano duet arrangements and even an orchestral arrangement, I didn't see any string quartet arrangements(which is a bit odd, considering that I see string quartet arrangements all the time for Haydn and Beethoven sonatas as well as Mozart symphonies and K 545 is like the most well known Mozart sonata) so I decided to arrange it myself.

It only took me about 2 hours to get the whole first movement arranged for a string quartet. I would like some feedback on my arrangement.

UPDATE 1: I have made some changes suggested to the first movement such as the cello being a more active participator in the piece and doubling the sequences in the development in octaves. I also gave the cello its own moment of stardom, though you can probably barely hear it over the violins and viola. And I made the pizzicato passages staccato and added staccato notes to make up full chords in the mezzo forte passages.

What do you think of it now? I will begin to transcribe the second movement now that I have made some major changes to the first movement and it sounds better to me.

UPDATE 2: I made further changes to the first movement and started transcribing the second movement. But I'm stuck towards the end of the G minor section. Also, I am transcribing the older Schirmer edition which means, yes, there is a false recapitulation before G minor comes back. I have the melody and the bass figured out. I just need to finish the second violin part which is the harmony part. And yes, I know I have an E natural where I should have an E flat.

Mozart Piano Sonata String Quartet Arrangement

Pages 20
Duration 12:43
Measures 209
Key signature natural
Parts 4
Part names Violin(2), Viola, Cello
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