The Symphony No. 5 in B major, K. 22, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in The Hague in December 1765, at the age of nine, while he was on his musical tour of Western Europe.[1] Mozart fell seriously ill during his stay in The Hague, and he wrote this composition probably while he was convalescing from his illness.[1]


The symphony is scored for two oboes, two natural horns in B and strings.

\relative c'' { \set Staff.midiInstrument = #"string ensemble 1"
  \override Score.NonMusicalPaperColumn #'line-break-permission = ##f
  \key bes \major
  \tempo "Allegro" \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t \tempo 4 = 144
  <bes d,>2. d8.\trill( c32 d) |
  es8 r d r es r d r |
  f2\fp( d8) r d8.\trill( c32 d) |
  es8 r d r es r c r |

The form is that of a three-movement Italian overture:

  1. Allegro, 4
  2. Andante, 2
    (in G minor)
  3. Molto allegro, 3

All three movements are coloured especially prominently by horns. A rousing first movement in the key of B major opens the symphony, followed by a more solemn, mournful movement in the relative key of G minor. A short, boisterous finale closes the work. The opening theme to the finale is borrowed from the finale to keyboard concerto by Johann Christian Bach whom Mozart had met the previous year in London.[2] The same theme would also appear in a much later, more mature work of Mozart's: the act 2 finale of his 1786 opera buffa, Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492.[3]


  1. ^ a b Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (2005). Die Sinfonien I. Translated by Robinson, J. Branford. Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag. p. X. ISMN M-006-20466-3
  2. ^ Brown, A. Peter, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), pp. 347–348 (2002).
  3. ^ Sadie, Stanley. Mozart: The Early Years, 1756–1781, p. 105, New York: W. W. Norton (2006) ISBN 0-393-06112-4.