Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310/300d, was written in 1778 and consists of three movements:
1. Allegro maestoso, common time 2. Andante cantabile con espressione, F major, 3/4 3. Presto, 2/4
A typical performance takes about 22 minutes.
The A minor 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 written in one of the most tragic times of his life: his mother had just died. The last movement in particular has an obsessive, haunted quality about it, heightened near the end by the interruption of the relentless drive to the conclusion by repeated and chilling quiet falling passages.