Symphony No. 15 (Mozart)

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The Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was written in Salzburg during the first weeks of 1772. A note on the autograph manuscript indicates that it might have been written for a religious occasion, possibly in honour of the new Archbishop of Salzburg.[1] The work is in four movements, the first of which has been described as innovative and "daring",[2] in view of its variations of tempo.[3] The last movement is characterised by good humour and frivolity,[2] with "enough ending jokes to bring the house down".[3]

Movements and instrumentation[edit]

The work is scored for two oboes, two horns in G, and strings.[1]

\relative c'' {
  \tempo "Allegro"
  \key g \major
  \time 3/4
  g4\f d b' |
  a4 d, r |
  a'4 d, c' |
  \appoggiatura c8 b a16 b g4 r |
  <g' b, d,>2 d8. b16 |
  g4 b' \appoggiatura c8 b a16 g |
  <a c, d,>2 c,8. a16 |

  1. Allegro, 3
  2. Andante, C major, 2
  3. Menuetto and Trio, trio in D major, 3
  4. Presto, 2

Performance details[edit]

There are no details available as to when the initial performance took place.


  1. ^ a b Zaslaw, pp. 219–22
  2. ^ a b Dearling, p. 112
  3. ^ a b 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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