Evening Masterwork: Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony

Linz, Austria

Symphony No. 36 in C “Linz” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Evening Masterwork for February 21, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

We, of course, know that Mozart was a remarkable composer, but this evening’s masterwork was a remarkable feat for even Mozart. It’s his Symphony No. 36, which he composed from start to finish and premiered in a matter of five days. He composed the work on a visit to Linz – hence the symphony’s nickname – and it was a bit of a thank you to his family friend Count Thun-Hohenstein. Mozart said of the count, “I really cannot tell you what kindnesses the family is showering on us…” And he continued, “On Tuesday, there will be a concert in the theater here, and as I have not a single symphony with me, I am writing a new one at break neck speed.” And that Mozart did. It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.