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Home » Recent News » Mozart Symphony Date Corrections Fill in Puzzling Gaps

Mozart Symphony Date Corrections Fill in Puzzling Gaps


According to The Guardian British scholar John Arthur recently discovered that the accepted composition dates for five Mozart symphonies—Symphony 24 K182 in B flat, Symphony 26 K184 in E flat, Symphony 27 K199 in G, Symphony 28 K200 in C, and Symphony 30 K202 in D—written by 17-year-old through 18-year-old Mozart are wrong. The dates at some point had been crudely crossed out and changed by anywhere from a couple days to nine months.

Though these don’t seem like huge discrepancies, considering how young Mozart was they are important and answer questions about development and influences. For example, two of the symphonies were thought to predate Mozart’s visit to Vienna in the summer of 1773. Now that we know they came afterwards, you can see influences and things Mozart learned on the Vienna trip.

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