Haffner Symphony

Symphony No. 35 in D major

Mozart's original manuscript of the Paris Symphony in the Berlin State Library

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In 1776 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was commissioned to compose a serenade for the bridal couple Franz Xaver Späth and Maria Elisabeth Haffner, the daughter of the mayor of Salzburg, Sigmund Haffner. The so-called Haffner Serenade is Mozart’s most extensive serenade (KV 250) and comprises eight movements.

Six years later – Mozart was already living in Vienna and was about to marry Constanze – he was to compose another serenade for the ennoblement of Sigmund Haffner Jr as “Edler von Innbachhausen”. Mozart crafted this work as a symphony by omitting movements 2 to 4 (or 5 respectively) of the serenade written for the Haffner wedding. He composed this Mozart symphony in the same year as “The Abduction from the Seraglio”. The final theme of the Haffner Symphony has its origins in Osim’s aria “Ha, wie will ich triumphieren” (Ha, how I will triumph) – Kv 385.