1771: Mozart: Symphony in D major “No. 48”, K. 120 (111a), age 15

1771: Mozart: Symphony in D major “No. 48”, K. 120 (111a), age 15

This was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1771. The first two movements are from the overture to the opera Ascanio in Alba, K. 111, and the last movement, K. 120/111a, was composed separately. But it’s interesting, and one of the earliest things he wrote that is highly effective, and he used some of this much later in his life.

Instrumentation:

  • two flutes
  • two oboes
  • two horns
  • two trumpets
  • timpani
  • strings
  • The trumpets and timpani are silent for the second movement.

Movements:

  1. Allegro assai
  2. Andante grazioso
  3. Presto

The unnumbered symphonies (some, including K. 120,[1] published in supplements to the Alte-Mozart Ausgabe until 1910) are sometimes given numbers in the range 42 to 56, even though they were written earlier than Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (written in 1788). The symphony K. 111+120 is given the number 48 in this numbering scheme.

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