"Divertimento No. 3 in E-Flat Major" is said to have been written by Mozart when he was only seventeen years old. This Allegro (the final movement) was originally scored for oboes, clarinets, English horns, horns in Eb, and bassoons. Filled with life and energy, the work has many phrases that quickly alternate between rung notes and staccato notes and can be thumb damped, plucked, or played with mallets. This piece should be rung at a brisk tempo, cleanly damped, and have the clarity and lightness typical of Mozart's early writing. Achieving this will make the piece more difficult than it may first appear. Those familiar with Mozart's "The Sleigh Ride" and his "Alleluia" from Exsultate Jubilate will be able to hear elements of both in this delightful piece.
Voicing: 3, 4 or 5 octaves handbells
Composer: Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Arranger: Martha Lynn Thompson