TIL When Mozart stopped by Linz on his way back to Vienna, he found out the local count wanted him to contribute a symphony for an upcoming concert. Mozart was not expecting it and had no music with him, so he ended up having to write a symphony in merely 4 days.

Read more: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Data/Event-Data/Program-Notes/M/Mozart-Symphony-No-36,-Linz

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  1. Don’t think I’ve seen this factoid ever posted here, but composing a full symphony in 4 days is one of the most insane feats in music history, even by Mozart standards.

    For more context, Mozart had gotten married in 1782 much to the dismay of his father. In 1783, Mozart traveled to Salzburg from Vienna with his new wife in hopes of winning his father’s approval, but his father still disapproved. Dejected, the Mozarts traveled back to Vienna and along the way, stopped by the city of Linz. It turned out Count Thun, an old friend of the family, had heard Mozart was going to stop by and told Mozart to stay with him and to contribute a symphony for an upcoming concert. Mozart, who was traveling for personal reasons and not business reasons, had none of his symphonies with him and was forced to compose an entire symphony in only 4 days in time for the concert.

    Here’s the symphony, #36 Linz


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