b"Program NotescontinuedMelodies written by students of the Corona Youth Music Project, UpBeat NYC, Washington Heights Inwood Music Project, and the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's were incorporated into this work.Instrumentationstrings and harpDuration10 minutesWolfgang Amadeus Mozart(1756-1791)Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 15 in B-flat Major, K. 450Composed 1784Mozart composed his twenty-seven piano concertos over the full span of his life. They form a record of the compositional evolution of both his piano writing and his treatment of the orchestra. Written as a vehicle for Mozart himself at the piano, the works were both an important tool for promoting his work as a composer and performer and a deeply personal expression of his musical personality. After moving to Vienna in 1781, Mozart began organizing subscription concerts of his music, which established his place as a leading virtuoso pianist. These concerts were extremely successful, and they afforded Mozart and his new wife Constanze a more luxurious lifestyle than they had previously enjoyed.During his early years in Vienna, Mozarts musical style evolved rapidly. The stimulation of Viennese musical life included participation in a lively community of composers, performers, and music lovers. He also had increased exposure to the works of Bach and Handel, and met Franz Joseph Haydn and heard Haydns latest works. Mozarts incorporation of these influences can be seen in the six string quartets he composed between 1782 and 1785, which he dedicated to Haydn.In a letter to his father, Leopold, Mozart described his new concerto K. 450 and its companion piece K. 451 as both concertos to make you sweat. K. 450 is considered one of the most technically demanding among Mozarts piano concertos, not only among the first fifteen, but among them all. A notable feature of this concerto is Mozarts use of the winds. In prior works, the winds had been used to add color and substance to the orchestra, but princetonsymphony.org/ 14/ princetonfestival.org"