A Musical Joke (Divertimento for two horns and string quartet) K522
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Down 28. 3rd of Mozart's 21 entries.

Who says classical music can't be funny? Mozart's Divertimento for two horns and string quartet is peppered with quirky moments, guaranteed to provoke a smile among audiences. Mozart never revealed his exact motivation behind his 1787 work, but it's thought to be a bit of a dig at sub-standard players — the music is deliberately repetitive and clumsy, before collapsing altogether in the closing bars.

Portrait of a Jester with a Lute by Frans Hals (c.1624).