Commissioned by the Haffner Family in 1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart originally composed the “Haffner Symphony” (No. 35 in D Major, K. 385) as a serenade for the enoblement of Sigmund Haffner. Unfortunately, this deadline caused Mozart a great deal of stress. Not only had he just finished his opera, “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, but he was also planning his wedding to Constanze Weber, much to his father’s dismay. Mozart struggled to complete the “Haffner Symphony” in time for the enoblement, and the piece originally debuted as a serenade, including a march and two minuets.
Although historical evidence points to the fact that Mozart may or may not have met the original deadline for Haffner’s enoblement, he did find a completely different use for the piece. Mozart was beginning to prepare for another concert he was going to be presenting in Vienna, and since the Haffner piece had only been heard in Salzburg, he decided to revise the score and expand what was a serenade into a symphony. This vibrant, joyful symphony was a great success at the debut in March of 1783.
Hear this work live at our first concert of the season on October 21 at Old South Church.