From 1782 to 1785, Mozart organized musical evenings in which he performed as a soloist, presenting three or four piano concertos in each season of the year. These works became very popular and have become essential pieces of the pianistic repertoire.
One of these concertos is No. 21 in C major, K 467. Mozart once again demonstrated his genius, since he completed it at the end of winter 1785 and the next day he premiered it at the Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theatre) in Vienna.
In 1829, Fèlix Mendelssohn, adopting the romantic spirit of the time, made a series of trips and stays throughout Europe, known as the Grand Tour (England, Scotland, Italy and Paris), which were the inspiration for some of his works, such as the ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4.
On his trip to Italy, Mendelssohn visited Rome and Naples. The rubble of the great classical buildings and dances like the Neapolitan tarantella made a great impact on the young German composer and inspired him to write one of the most joyous, brilliant and evocative symphonies ever written.