Symphony, K. 196+121 (Mozart)
The Symphony in D major "No. 51", K. 196+121, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1774–1775. The first two movements are from the overture to the opera La finta giardiniera, K. 196, and the last movement, K. 121/207a, was composed separately in 1775. (The dating of the last movement was questioned by Alan Tyson as the paper used was purchased by Mozart in Milan in late 1772 and used until early 1773, but Mozart apparently took some of this paper back to Salzburg and used it in 1776.)
The symphony consists of the following movements:
The Alte Mozart-Ausgabe (published 1879–1882) gives the numbering sequence 1–41 for the 41 numbered symphonies. The unnumbered symphonies (some, including K. 121/207a, were published in supplements to the Alte-Mozart Ausgabe until 1910) are sometimes given numbers in the range 42 to 56, even though they were written earlier than Mozart's Symphony No. 41 (written in 1788). The symphony K. 196+121 is given the number 51 in this numbering scheme.
- Only the last movement was published in the Alte Mozart-Ausgabe.
- Sinfonie in D, K. 196+121: Score and critical report (in German) in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
- MozartForum: "K121/207a Finale in D for La finta giardiniera overture—But is it too early for this?", article by Dennis Pajot
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