1773: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, age 17

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183/173dB, (1773) – age 17

He wrote this very close to the time he wrote Symphony No. 24. I have no idea what “dB” means, but it appears to be a correction in the K. number of his works.

This is the first of two symphonies Mozart composed in G minor, sometimes referred to as the “little G minor symphony”. (The other is the Symphony No. 40), also in G minor ans sometimes called the great “G minor symphony”. More important – these two symphonies, both in G minor, are the only ones in minor keys out of 41.

The second movement is in Eb major, and this is unusual because normally something in G minor moves to Bb major. Eb major to Gm, in chords, is a morph and thus more subtle and became a favorite choice of Beethoven.

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