Linz Symphony

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

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1783
Salzburg

The Linz Symphony (Kv 425) was created in November 1783 in Linz. Mozart was on his way back from Salzburg to Vienna with Constanze. In Linz they were invited by the Count von Thun to stay for several days. He suggested that Mozart give a concert. Mozart was unprepared and composed the Linz Symphony in a trice. It was finished in six days and premiered at the Ballhaus concert hall in Linz on November 4. It was performed a second time in April 1784 in Vienna.

The slow introduction and the resemblance to a march are remarkable. There are voices in scholarship that argue that Mozart was influenced by Joseph Haydn, whom he adored.