Piano Sonata No. 8 (Mozart)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 / 300d, was written in 1778. The sonata is the first of only two Mozart piano sonatas in a minor key (the other being No. 14 in C minor, K. 457). It was composed in the summer of 1778 around the time of his mother's death, one of the most tragic times of his life.[1]

Piano Sonata in A minor
No. 8
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Martini bologna mozart 1777.jpg
Mozart, 1777 copy of a lost painting
KeyA minor
CatalogueK. 310 / 300d
StyleClassical period
Composed1778 (1778)
MovementsThree (Allegro maestoso, Andante cantabile con espressione, Presto)


Little is known about the precise circumstances surrounding the composition of the sonata; unlike the earlier Sonata in C major, K. 309/284b, it was little mentioned in his correspondence.[2] The surviving manuscript was written using the same type of paper that was used for the Symphony in D major, K. 297/300a, which Mozart purchased while in Paris.[3]


The composition, which typically takes around 22 minutes to perform, is in three movements:

  1. Allegro maestoso, common time
  2. Andante cantabile con espressione, F major, 3/4
  3. Presto, 2/4



  1. ^ Anderson 1990, p. 2.
  2. ^ Irving 1997, p. 62.
  3. ^ Irving 1997, p. 64.


  • Anderson, Keith (1990). Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 (CD). Naxos Records. 8.550445.
  • Irving, John (1997). Mozart's Piano Sonatas: Contexts, Sources, Style. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-49631-4.

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