Friday, June 27, 2014

Montage # 162 – It’s Haffner Time

Podcast # 162 is available for about a month on Pod-O-Maric (Player embedded on the Right Margin of this page) and using the below player. It can always be heard or downloaded from the Internet Archive at


We had an {issue" posting this last Friday, anf it was published twice. Apparently, I rubbed out the wrong copy...

Today;s montage is a carbon-copy of a past Tuesday Blog which I quite liked the original commentary for. So - albeit a shameless mail-in - here goes...

Today's montage is dedicated to a pair of works that were commissioned from Mozart by a prominent Salzburg fannily, the Haffners.

In the old town of Salzburg, along the left bank of the Salzach between the Franciscan Church and City Hall you wil find the Sigmund Haffner Gasse. It was named after Sigmund Haffner the Elder, mayor of Salzburg from 1768 to 1772.

Twice married, his son from his second wife Sigmund the Younger was a merchant, philanthropist and a benefactor and friend of Mozart. His daughter from the first marriage, Marie Therese was married to the merchant Franz Xaver Andreas Athanasius Weiser, eldest son of Ignatz Anton Weiser (librettist of Mozart's Singspiel "The Obligation of the First Commandment" and Haffner's successor as mayor of Salzburg).

The Haffner Serenade

The "Haffner Serenade" KV 250 , written in 1776 was specially comissioned for wedding of Sigmund's sister "Liserl" Mary Elizabeth with the trade factor Franz Xaver Anton Späth.

The Haffner serenade is noteworthy on many counts, not the least of which by its hidden secret – the second, third and fourth movements represent an additional Mozart violin concerto (let’s call it a violinconcertino).

The Haffner Symphony

Mozart aficionados will agree to disagree on when Mozart’s symphoniuc output transitions from the nave “overture” style, to the classical and finally to a neo-classical/pre-romantic style that foreshadowed the great symphonies of Beethoven and Schubert. Hoewever, few disagree that the Haffner symphony is part of the latter set of works, and is often listed (with the accepted custom of ignoring the 37th symophony as it was jointly penned by Mozart and Michaeel Haydn) as part of the “last six” which are often viewed as his greatest.

On the 9th July 1782 , Emperor Joseph II bestowed onto Sigmund a knighthood and the title "Edler von Innbachhausen". The Symphony was composed to celebrate this event.

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