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Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
Symphony No. 32 in G (K.318)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat (Eroica)
Walter Legge writes of the Mozart Symphony No. S2, in G : This spirited little work is a symphony only in name ; in form and style it is an overture. It was comp'osed on April 26, 1779, in Salzburg and had the distinction of being the only one of Mozart's works for full orchestra to be published in full score during his lifetime. There is no definite information as to the purpose for which this symphony was written. In the nineteenth century it was believed to have been written as an overture for Bianchi's Villanella rapita, but that theory no longer holds water since Bianchi's work was first performed in 1783 and Mozart was not in the habit of writing music for the theatre until the last possible moment. It is far more likely that this was originally intended to be the overture for Mozart's opera Zaide, which we know to have been written in Salzburg in 1779 and for which there is no overture


Sir Adrian Boult
Walter Legge

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