1772: Mozart: Symphony in D major “No. 50”, K. 161/141a, age 16

1772: Mozart: Symphony in D major “No. 50”, K. 161/141a, age 16

This was written in 1772. The first two movements are from the overture to the opera Il sogno di Scipione, K. 126, and the last movement, K. 163, was composed separately. Köchel gave the entire work the number K. 161 (revised to K. 141a in later editions).

Instrumentation:

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

Movements:

  • Allegro moderato
  • Andante
  • Presto

The Alte Mozart-Ausgabe (published 1879–1882) gives the numbering sequence 1–41 for the 41 numbered symphonies. The unnumbered symphonies (some, including K. 161/141a, 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. 161 is given the number 50 in this numbering scheme.

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