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Mozart's Thematic Catalogue - ff. 18v-19r

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16 July to 2 September 1788

Despite his troubles in the summer of 1788, Mozart managed to complete his last three great symphonies in a matter of weeks during this time. These works were some of the most influential symphonies of the eighteenth century. On this page the catalogue records the two last symphonies, the symphony in G minor and the symphony in C, known as the "Jupiter" symphony. Traditionally it was believed that Mozart never performed these three symphonies, but this seems unlikely. However, it is not known for what purpose he wrote them.

16 July 1788

K549. Piu non si trovano, a canzonetta for two sopranos and bass, perhaps intended to be accompanied by three basset-horns.

25 July 1788

K550. The famous symphony in G minor, which was immediately recognised as one of Mozart's greatest, and has often been seen as a linchpin in the development from classicism to romanticism in music.

10 August 1788

K551. Mozart's final symphony, no. 41 in C major, often called the "Jupiter" symphony, probably on account of the military pomp of the opening movement.

11 August 1788

K552. A song with piano accompaniment, Beim Auszug in das Feld.

2 September 1788

K553, K554, K555, K556, K557, K558, K560, K561. Eight canons for four voices.

Musical extracts recorded at the Royal College of Music, London

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