Please Don't Let Them Play Mozart! Vol. 1: Stamitz, Karl Quartet in C major, Op. 14 No. 1
This series seeks to provide an alternative to the much-abused works of Mozart as played by developing string quartets. Pieces are technically more forthright, requiring less finesse while still offering an opportunity to learn characteristic phrasing and elements of bow control needed in Classical-period music. The Stamitz is fun to play and a crowd pleaser, with outer movements marked by driving rhythms and sharing of the melodic material. While the first violin uses third position, the other string parts are primarily in first position. A refreshing change for contest!