Happy Birthday Mozart! This is the cadenza that I wrote for his 21st piano concerto. The cadenza is where the soloist shows off their virtuosity and skill. Sometimes they are even improvised on the spot! My cadenza is not really in the classical style because it’s quite heavy and romanticize. I manipulate the themes from the concerto itself to delve into a quasi fantasy. I actually didn’t write a lot of it down, so when the conductor asked for it, I told him that I would just cue him in. This particular performance had a single rehearsal the morning of the concert in Perugia, Italy.