Symphony No. 2 (Mozart)

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The piece of music once known as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, KV 17, is now considered to be not by him, but by possibly his father, Leopold Mozart.[1] This symphony has been given the number Anhang C 11.02 in the sixth edition of Ludwig Ritter von Köchel's catalog of Mozart's music.[2], and is now also catalogued as Eisen B 6 in Cliff Eisen's catalog of Leopold Mozart's symphonies.


\relative c'' {
  \key bes \major
  \tempo "Allegro"
  \partial 4 f8.\f f16 bes4 d,8. d16 f4 f,8. f16 bes4 d8. f16 \times 2/3 {f,8-. f (g} \times 2/3 {as g f)} g4
}

The piece is in four movements in the usual quick-slow-minuet-quick pattern:

  1. Allegro
  2. (Andante)[3]
  3. Menuetto I & II
  4. Presto

The publication of this symphony in the Alte Mozart-Ausgabe, the first collected edition of Mozart's music, shows several points at which smaller, editorially-supplied notes are given, suggesting an unfinished composition. For instance, in "Menuetto I," only the first violin and cello/double bass parts are completed; the second violin and viola parts in their entirety in this movement are editorial additions. [4]

Since K. 17 is now believed not to be by W.A. Mozart, the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe does not include this symphony as part of its edition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ For the attribution to Leopold, see Stanley Sadie, The New Grove Mozart (NY: Norton, 1983), p. 197 (Mozart work list). ISBN 0-393-30084-6.
  2. ^ Sadie, p. 197.
  3. ^ The parentheses are around the tempo designation "Andante" in the score of the symphony.
  4. ^ See the score linked below.

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