MuseData: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Legitimate symphonies

Mozart symphonies are revered the world over, but far-reaching investigations of the underlying sources for the published version we know has reduced the number of holdings that properly belong in the the noted Köchel catalogue, which was first compiled in 1862. It continues to serve as living document, though its curation has passed through many hands. Neal Zaslaw's extensive revision has had a overall effect of reducing the number of works that are now considered legitimate.

Securely attributed symphonies from Mozart's childhood

Mozart's prodigious musical development in childhood is widely acknowledged, but over centuries it spawned a cult focused more on the child prodigy than on his music. The image of the child prodigy was cultivated by an ambitious father, Leopold Mozart, who took the boy and his elder sister Nannerl on tour in their childhoods. Mozart's exceptionalism (in today's vocabulary) is one factor of several that contributed many works that were not his to Köchel's catalogue. To dampen some of the confusion we have separated legitimate works from those now attributed to others.

Sym. Number Köchel Cat. (KV) Key Date Notes
No. 1 KV 16 Eb Major 1764 Example
No. 4 KV 19 D Major 1765 Example
No. 5 KV 22 Bb Major 1765 Example
No. 6 KV 43 F Major 1767 Example
No. 7 KV 45 D Major 1768 Example
No. 8 KV 48 D Major 1768 Example
No. 9 KV 73/75a C Major 1769? Example
No. 10 KV 74 G Major 1770 Example
No. 11 KV 84/73q D Major 1770 Example
No. 12 KV 110/75b G Major 1771 Example
No. 13 KV 112 F Major 1771 Example

Securely attributed symphonies from Mozart's Salzburg years

Symph. No. Köchel Catalog (KV) Key Date Header text
No. 14 KV 114 A Major 1771 Example
No. 15 KV 124 G Major 1772 Example
No. 16 KV 128 C Major 1772 Example
No. 17 KV 129 G Major 1772 Example
No. 18 KV 130 F Major 1772 Example
No. 19 KV 132 Eb Major 1772 Example
No. 20 KV 133 D Major 1772 Example
No. 21 KV 134 A Major 1772 Example
No. 22 KV 162 C Major 1773 Example
No. 23 KV 181/162b D Major 1773 Example
No. 24 KV 182/273dA Bb Major 1773 Example
No. 25 RV 183/173dB G Minor 1773 Example
No. 26 KV 184/161a Eb Major 1773 Example
No. 27 KV 199/161b G Major 1773 Example
No. 28 KV 200/189k C Major 1774 Example
No. 29 KV 201/186a A Major 1774 Example
No. 30 KV 202/186b D Major 1774 Example

Securely attributed symphonies from Mozart's later years

Symphony No. Köchel Catalog (KV) Key Date Header text
No. 31 ("Paris") KV 297/300a D Major 1778 Example
No. 32 KV 318 G Major 1779 Example
No. 33 KV 319 Bb Major 1779 Example
No. 34 KV 338 C Major 1780 Example
No. 35 ("Haffner") KV 385 D Major 1782 Example
No. 36 ("Linz") KV 425 C Major 1783 Example
No. 38 ("Prague") KV 504 D Major 1786 Example
No. 39 KV 453 Eb Major 1788 Example
No. 40 KV 550 G Minor 1788 Example
No. 41 ("Jupiter") KV 551 C Major 1788 Example

Symphonies no longer attributed to W. A. Mozart; Arrangements of non-symphonic works

Genre/No. ex-Köchel Catalog (KV) Current Catalog (if any) Key Date Composer or Status Score
No. 2 KV 17 Bb Major c1765 Leopold Mozart Example
No. 3 KV 18 Eb Major c1767 Carl Fr. Abel Example
No. 11 KV 84 73q D Major c1769-70 Uncertain Example
None KV 75 Example F Major doubtful 1771 Example
None KV 76 42a F Major doubtful 1767 Example
None KV 81 731 D Major doubtful 1770 Example
None KV 95 73n D Major doubtful 1770 Example
None KV 96 111b C Major doubtful 1771 Example
None KV 97 73m D Major doubtful 1770 Example
None KV 98 Ang.C 11.04 F Major doubtful c1771 Example
None KV Anh. 214 45b Bb Major doubtful 1768 Example
None KV Ang. 216 74g Bb Major doubtful 1771 Example
None KV Anh. 221 ("Old Lambach") 45a G Major doubtful 1766 Example
None KV Anh. 223 19a F Major doubtful 1765 Example
None KV Anh. 220 ("Odense" ) 19a A Minor doubtful 1765? Example
None KV 111 120/111a D Major opera-related 1771 Example
None KV 126 161/163/141a D Major opera-related 1772 Example
None KV 196 121/207a D Major opera-related 1774-1775 Example
None KV 208 102/213c C Major opera-related 1775 Example
None KV 135 61h D Major opera-related 1772? Example
None KV 204 D Major Derived from Serenade No. 5 1775 Example
None KV 250 D Major Derived from "Haffner" serenade 1776 Example
None KV 320 D Major Derived from the "Posthorn" serenade 1779 Example
Symph. No. 37 KV 444 Example G Major Michael Haydn (Intro. by W.A. Mozart) 1783 Example
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  • Symphony No. 38, K 504 ("The Prague")