Evening Masterwork: Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Symphony No. 38 in D, K 504 “Prague” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Evening Masterwork for May 29, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Three years separated Mozart’s 37th Symphony and his 38th, but at the age of 30, towards the end of 1786, he started composing his Symphony No. 38 for Prague. This was a city where Mozart was all the rage, thanks to recent performances of his latest opera, The Marriage of Figaro. This was also at a time when the composer was pushing himself forward, and he was bringing musical craft with him. This is evident in his Symphony No. 38, which at the time expanded the notion of what a symphony could be. The “Prague” Symphony by Mozart, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.