Piano Concerto No.21 in C major K467 (Elvira Madigan)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The third highest of Mozart's 20 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 8 in 1997 but dipped as far as number 53 in both 2013 and 2014.

There are composers who can only dream of playing the music they write for their own instruments. Elgar and Sibelius come to mind: both would have cut off their bow hands to have been able to play their own violin concertos to a virtuosic standard. Mozart was a fiddler, too, but was also lucky enough to write pretty much all his piano concertos to play himself. The famous Piano Concerto No. 21 (a staggering figure in itself: 21 piano concertos!) is one such, written when he was only twenty-nine, just six years before his early death. It is sometimes referred to as the Elvira Madigan, after a now otherwise long-forgotten film that featured the work.