Fugue in C minor for two pianos, K. 426

(performers unknown)

Mozart’s fugue for two pianos, K. 426, was five years later arranged for strings and appended to an adagio to stand as the Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546. Mozart was already in the habit of transcribing Bach’s fugues for string ensembles in which he sometimes played himself. Not much is known about the performance history of his neo-Baroque music, but the development of contrapuntal nuance in Mozart’s general output from the mid 1780s until his death is quite palpable. 

Music is a means capable of expressing dark dramatism and pure rapture, suffering and ecstasy, fiery and cold fury, melancholy and wild merriment – and the subtlest nuances and interplay of these feelings which words are powerless to express and which are unattainable in painting and sculpture.
Dmitri Shostakovich “The Power of Music” (1964), translated in Music Journal, September 1965.  (via atomulrich)