Symphony No. 13 (Mozart)

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. It is a work of originality and humour, using very limited instrumentation. 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. Nicholas Kenyon describes Symphony No. 13 as the last in "conventional mode"—thereafter "we are in the beginnings of a different world

Movements and instrumentation

The instrumentation was: strings, 2 oboes, 2 horns, bassoon, continuo

Performance details

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. This concert may also have seen the premiere of Mozart's 12th symphony.



  • 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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