“Scipio’s Dream” is a dramatic serenade in 1 act composed by Mozart when he was 15 years old for his beloved patron, Archbishop Schrattenbach. After the archbishop’s death, Mozart dedicated it to the new archbishop, Count Colloredo. However, the serenade went through a few ending changes to reflect what Mozart thought of the new Archbishop of Salzburg. This work was given a private performance for Colloredo on May 1, 1771, however, only 1 aria and the final chorus were performed. This was done not to give away the real intent of this work.
“Scipio’s Dream” was never performed in Mozart’s lifetime. The work was not performed in its entirety until 1979 for “Mozart Week in Salzburg.”