Symphony, K. 74g by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Summary

'''Symphony in B-flat major "No. 54"''', K. Anh. 216/74g/Anh.C 11.03, may have been written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1771 in Salzburg.

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\tempo "Allegro"

\time 3/4

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The symphony is scored for two oboes or two flutes,The catalogue of Breitkopf & Härtel lists the symphony as being for two flutes, but the parts discovered in 1910 show the symphony as being for two oboes. This may be explained by the flutes substituting for the oboes in the slow movement (or vice versa), as they do in some other early symphonies by Mozart, such as K. 43 and K. 73. two horns and strings. In contemporary orchestras, it was also usual to include bassoons and harpsichord if they were available in the orchestra to reinforce the bass line and act as the continuo. The duration is approximately 14 minutes.

The symphony consists of the following movements:

#Allegro, 3/4

#Andante, 2/4

#Menuet, 3/4

#Allegro molto, 2/4

The Alte Mozart-Ausgabe (published 1879-1882) gives the numbering sequence 1-41 for the 41 numbered symphonies. The unnumbered symphonies (some, including K. 74g, 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. 74g is given the number 54 in this numbering scheme.

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