Today’s piece is Mozart’s Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250 (248b), commonly known as the Haffner Serenade. I chose it because it was composed and first performed in 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. It’s funny to think that this piece was performed in mid-July of 1776, mere weeks after the Declaration was signed across the sea. I wonder if news of the signing had reached Austria at that time. Here’s a bit about it.
- A member of the Haffner family, Sigmund, commissioned Mozart for this piece so it could be played at his sister’s wedding. This wasn’t the only piece Haffner commissioned. He also commissioned a symphony that later became Symphony No. 35.
- The piece is in eight movements. The second, third, and fourth have prominent violin solos.
- There is another piece Mozart wrote that is assumed to go with this one as entrance and exit music. Today, they aren’t usually performed together, though.
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