This delightful overture is the precursor to Mozart’s last opera, and indeed one of his last compositions. It opens with three grand chords and a slow adagio evoking the high priest Sarastro and his attendants. A lively allegro, built on four repeated notes, is taken up in turn by strings, winds and brass.

The overture’s contrasting elements, by turns grandiose and playful, make a perfect introduction to the opera which also embodies them.

      Overture to The Magic Flute

Overture to "The Magic Flute", K. 620
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Composed in 1791