Symphony in G major

Introduction to a symphony by Michael Haydn

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

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Michael Haydn, brother of the more famous Joseph Haydn, was Mozart’s successor as court organist in the employ of Archbishop Colloredo in Salzburg. According to lore, Michael Haydn was to compose six duets for violins and violas for Colloredo. But unfortunately, he unexpectedly fell ill and could not continue working. Colloredo insisted on the timely delivery of the works, which were to be performed for the inauguration of the new abbot of the Michaelbeuern monastery in 1783. Mozart helped out and composed the introduction – which later was incorporated as a Mozart Symphony into the Köchel catalogue (KV 444). The score of this symphony was discovered after his death in his papers. He was known to fall back on older works for his concerts in Vienna. In this case, he also used the part by Michael Haydn.