(Musical Dice Game)
interesting musical game, Musikalisches Würfelspiel
(musical dice game) has often been attributed to Mozart. On
this page you can download a free Windows program you can use
to create hundreds of Minuets in the style of Mozart!
The basis of the musical dice game consists of 272 musical
measures and a table of rules used to select specific measures
given a certain dice roll. The result is a randomly selected
16 bar minuet and 16 bar trio.
The famous version of the dice game attributed to Mozart, was
first published only after his death in 1793 by J.J. Hummel
in Berlin-Amsterdam, and afterwards several times in different
forms. While this challenging idea had been known and tried
out by other composers before Mozart, it was Mozart's game which
became famous and successful. Though neither the original manuscript
of the "Musikalisches Würfelspiel" nor direct
references to it by Mozart were ever found, his authorship was
never really questioned by publishers or musicologists.
A game with identical musical sections was described in the
February 1787 issue of a publications called Journal des Luxus
und der Moden (Journal of Luxury and Fashions!).W. A.
Mozart may have been connected with or influenced by this publication....
the later dice game attributed to him contains a rule table
which is identical to the minuet table in the publication..
All possible choices were given by Mozart in such a way that
by any selection the resulting melody is a pretty minuet fulfilling
the harmonic and compositional requirements of minuets of that
You can download a Windows version of this game, that allows
you to randomly choose the various sections and create Mineuts
and to save the pieces of music as a MIDI file, for use in MIDI
players, notation programs etc. Simply download
the Mozart ZIP file, open the file and extract
it to the directory of your choice. Help files and instructions
are included. This is a very simple program to use, and it allows
you to easily create hundreds of Minuets in the style of Mozart!
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