Swan Song

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

Source: Wikimedia

In summer 1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed three further symphonies. The first symphony in E-flat major is known as “Schwanengesang” – swan song (KV 543). Also known as Mozart symphony No. 39. This year of Mozart’s life was heavily influenced by a constant want for money and deep depressions. It was the eighth year of the war between Austria and Turkey, which consumed incredible amounts of money and paralysed the economy. Who had money to spare for concert tickets? Mozart was the first to feel the effects, but he continued composing, even if there was no immediate occasion. It remains unknown whether Mozart had a commission for this work or whether or not it was performed.