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In this edition which we call “Symphonic Extravagance” we play for you 3 symphonies which were composed by Mozart when he was 16 years old between 2 tours of Italy by the Mozart family.

With the experimental compositions of the 3 previous symphonies now completed, Mozart applies what he has learned to the 3 symphonies in this broadcast. As with the previous minuets and divertimento, the compositions and orchestrations are very extravagant. They are rich in harmonic textures and lush in orchestrations.

The 3 symphonies are performed by the CMD Philharmonic of Paris and are conducted by Dominique Beaulieu. This recording is available now at

Symphony 19 in E-flat Major is in 4 movements and is scored for 2 oboes, 4 horns and strings. The autograph page shows this symphony was composed in July 1772.

Symphony 20 in D Major is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets and strings. This music was composed for an unknown royal ceremony.

Symphony 21 in A Major, also in 4 movements, was composed specifically for the Mozart family tour of Italy in 1772.

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