Symphony No. 3 (Mozart)

The Symphony in E flat major KV 18 was mistakenly recorded as a symphony of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the first edition of Köchelverzeichnis and received in the Old Mozart Edition number 3 However, it is a work of Carl Friedrich Abel.

Leopold Mozart had his son during the time in London (1764 /65) probably study (eg, Carl Friedrich Abel, Johann Christian Bach, Johann Gottfried Eckard, Hermann Friedrich Raupach ) for training purposes symphonies of known contemporaries. With a Symphony in E Flat Major, Opus 7, No. 6 of Abel, Wolfgang employed particularly strong by it and copied according to this pattern its own plant (KV 19) anfertigte. More than 100 years later the transcript was taken erroneously as Mozart's work in the Old Mozart Edition and received the Symphony Number 3

In the third edition of Köchelverzeichnis the work is performed in the Appendix labeled " Notes 109 I", in the sixth edition as "Appendix A 51".


Two clarinets, two horns in Eb, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, double bass. In contemporary orchestras, it was also common, even without separate listing of a harpsichord (if available in the orchestra ) to use as a continuo

About the Music

First movement: Allegro Molto E-flat major, 4/4-time, 141 cycles

Second movement: Andante C minor, 2/4-cycle, 64 cycles

Third movement: Presto E-flat major, 3/8-time, 162 cycles