Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491

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Along with the Piano Concerto No. 20, the Piano Concerto No. 24 is Mozart's only piano concerto written in a minor key. Its Allegro begins with a powerful and dramatic orchestral phrase, followed by a long moan of the piano. The concerto is sometimes said to express the hardships and battles that the man needs to face in order to master his life and give a meaning to it (Jean and Brigitte Massin, in W. A. Mozart).

The work was premiered in April 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna.

The pianists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform, during the second round of the Competition, one of the seven piano concerti written by Mozart and selected by the Competition.


  • Allegro
  • Larghetto
  • Allegretto

About the composer

Birth date:

Jan. 27, 1756

Death date:

Dec. 5, 1791

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