detail of new orchestration
Beautiful 2-color halftone of the autograph score, one of the treasures of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York.
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According to Beck: “Like so many of Mozart’s compositions written for the need of the moment and subsequently adapted to another purpose, the ‘Haffner’ Symphony was originally intended as serenade music before it was turned to more formal use. Written in the summer of 1782 for a festive occasion of the Haffner family in Salzurg, it included an introductory March and a second Minuet, in addition to the four movements with which we are familiar. It was not until six months later that the work achieved its ultimate shape when the composer, who had taken up permanent residence in Vienna, decided to draw upon his Haffner music in planning the program for his first public concert, or ‘academy’ (given in the presence of Emperor Joseph II in the Burgtheater on March 23, 1783). For this event he simply discarded the March and one of the Minuets and, for greater sonority and color, amplified the wind choir by supplying parts for flutes and clarinets in the two last movements”.
Bibliophile edition in cloth, with matching slipcase. POA