How many symphonies did Mozart compose?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Mozart wrote around 50 symphonies. Some early ones have only been discovered relatively recently - while one or two were mistakenly attributed to him which were written by other composers. When Köchel put the original Mozart catalogue together only 41 numbered symphonies were listed. Curiously, Köchel listed several symphonies to which history never attached numbers. Of these numbered works, 'No 2' is actually a work by Johann Christian Bach, 'No 3' is by Carl Friedrich Abel and No 37 is a symphony by Michael Haydn (the 'famous' Haydn's younger brother), with only the slow introduction to the first movement being by Mozart. So, already the confusion is setting in - of the 41 numbered symphonies, Mozart only wrote 38 of them! Many early symphonies have, rather misleadingly, been given numbers after 41 (although this is not a universally-accepted practice). In chronological order (the original catalogue got quite a few in the wrong order!), Mozart's known symphonies are as follows:

    Symphony No 1 K 16

    Symphony No 4 K 19

    Symphony in F major K 19a

    Symphony No 5 K 22

    Symphony in D major K 32

    Symphony in G major K 45a (two versions)

    Symphony No 6 K 43

    Symphony No 7 K 45

    Symphony No 8 K 48

    Symphony No 9 K 73

    Symphony in F major K 76 ('No 43')

    Symphony in B flat K 45b ('No 55')

    Symphony in D major K 81 ('No 44')

    Symphony in D major K 97 ('No 47')

    Symphony in D major K 95 ('No 45')

    Symphony No 11 K 84

    Symphony in D major K 111a

    Symphony No 10 K 74

    Symphony in B flat K Anh 216 (C11.03)('No 54')

    Symphony in F major K 75 ('No 42')

    Symphony in D major K 74a

    Symphony No 12 K 110

    Symphony in D major K 120 ('No 48')

    Symphony in C major K 96/111b ('No 46')

    Symphony No 13 K 112

    Symphony No 14 K 114

    Symphony No 15 K 124

    Symphony No 16 K 128

    Symphony No 17 K 129

    Symphony No 18 K 130

    Symphony No 19 K 132

    Symphony in D major K 167a

    Symphony No 20 K 133

    Symphony No 21 K 134

    Symphony in D major K 135

    Symphony in D major K 161/163 ('No 50')

    Symphony No 26 K 184

    Symphony No 27 K 199

    Symphony No 22 K 162

    Symphony No 23 K 181

    Symphony No 24 K 182

    Symphony No 25 K 183

    Symphony No 29 K 201

    Symphony No 30 K 202

    Symphony No 28 K 200

    Symphony in D major K 121/196 ('No 51')

    Symphony No 31 K 297 (Paris)

    Symphony in C major K 208 ('No 52')

    Symphony No 32 K 318

    Symphony No 33 K 319

    Symphony No 34 K 338

    Symphony No 35 K 385 (Haffner)

    Symphony No 36 K 425 (Linz)

    Symphony No 38 K 504 (Prague)

    Symphony No 39 K 550

    Symphony No 41 K 551 (Jupiter)

    Curiously, there is no Symphony 'No 49' or 'No 53'!

  • 1 decade ago

    Köchel cataloged 41 symphonies. However, scholars later determined that Symphony No. 37 was composed by Michael Haydn so that makes a total of 40. But... works continue to surface that appear to be additional symphonies, up to 68 by most accounts. Whether these discoveries will every become part of the Mozart "canon" is anyone's call. I suspect not.

    Check out the Symphony page on the Mozart Project website below.

    Source(s): conductor, composer and colleg professor for 30 years http://www.mozartproject.org/compositions/ca_13.ht...
  • 1 decade ago

    Sources say 41, but possibly as many as 68.

    Source(s): wikipedia
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