What does K mean in Mozart musics? It says symphony 25 and continue with K183/k173dB...?


What does K mean in Mozart songs? It says symphony 25 and continue with K183/k173dB...

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  • 8 years ago
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    The 'K' refers to the chronological catalogue of Mozart's works put together by Ludwig Köchel in the 19th century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6chel_catalogue... Since that original catalogue was produced in the 1860s, many new discoveries have been made about Mozart's works - new ones have been discovered, some thought to have been by Mozart have turned out to be by other composers and some have been found to have been placed in the wrong order in Köchel's original catalogue. The number 183 means that Köchel thought the Symphony No 25 was Mozart's 183rd composition. It has since been discovered that the number 173 would be more accurate, but, because another work already has that number, the letters 'dB' have been appended to show the work's position in the latest edition of the catalogue.

    And it is wrong to call a symphony a 'song' (because it's a 'symphony'). Songs are sung by singers and have words. You should never use the word 'song' as a generic term - it's better to use 'work', 'piece' or 'composition'.

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