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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 38 in D major, ‘Prague’, K504


arranged for pianoforte by Johann Nepomuk Hummel

edited by Sarah Jenner

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“These editions of transcriptions by Hummel are a very welcome addition to the extensive set of his arrangements of Mozart’s concertos and symphonies published by Edition HH. [They] are fine examples of the important genre of piano transcription of the orchestral and operatic repertoire [and] as such, they are greatly to be treasured by anyone with an interest in the burgeoning piano repertoire of the 19th century.”

The Consort, Vol. 79, 2023
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In early December 1786 Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro was performed at the National Theatre in Prague and was an immediate success. According to a Prague newspaper review, “No piece (so every one here asserts) has ever caused such a sensation as the Italian opera Die Hochzeit des Figaro, which has already been given several times here with unlimited applause.” Mozart was duly invited to the Bohemian capital, arriving on 11 January 1787 and lodging at the palace of Count Thun-Hohenstein, dedicatee of the “Linz” symphony. Six days later Figaro was performed in the composer’s presence, and on 19 January, at a benefit concert at the National Theatre, Mozart conducted the premiere of the present symphony, since universally known as the “Prague” (the score was completed the previous December). Hummel’s masterful arrangement is dedicated to “His Excellency Baron von Goethe”.

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Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504
hh565.sol  · ISMN 979 0 708185 80 2 · ISBN 978 1 914137 34 1
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