Symphony No. 13 (Mozart)

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Symphony No. 13 in F major, K. 112, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was written in Milan during the autumn of 1771. The symphony is in four movements, the second of which is scored for strings alone.[1] The third movement minuet may have been written earlier, and then incorporated into the symphony—the autograph manuscript shows the minuet copied in Leopold's hand.[1] Nicholas Kenyon describes Symphony No. 13 as the last in "conventional mode"—thereafter "we are in the beginnings of a different world."[2]

Movements and instrumentation[edit]

The instrumentation is: strings, 2 oboes, 2 horns, bassoon, continuo[1]

\relative c'' {
  \tempo "Allegro"
  \key f \major
  \time 3/4
  <f a, f>4\f c a |
  f4 r8 f\p f f |
  es4 r8 es es es |
  d4 r8 d'16\f( e! f8) d-. |
  c8-. f-. a-. c-. bes([ g)] |
  <f a,>4

  1. Allegro, 3
  2. Andante, 2
  3. MenuettoTrio, 3
  4. Molto allegro, 3

Performance details[edit]

Its probable first performance was at a concert given by Leopold and Wolfgang Mozart at the residence of Albert Michael von Mayr, on 22 or 23 November 1771.[1] This concert may also have seen the premiere of Mozart's 12th symphony.


  1. ^ a b c d Zaslaw, pp. 190–91
  2. ^ Kenyon, p. 156


  • Dearling, Robert: The Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Symphonies Associated University Presses Ltd, London 1982 ISBN 0-8386-2335-2
  • Kenyon, Nicholas: The Pegasus Pocket Guide to Mozart Pegasus Books, New York 2006 ISBN 1-933648-23-6
  • Zaslaw, Neal:Mozart's Symphonies: Context, Performance Practice, Reception OUP, Oxford 1991 ISBN 0-19-816286-3

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