List of compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This is a selective list of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, listed by genre. For a complete and chronologically ordered list, see Köchel catalogue.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific composer and wrote in many genres. Perhaps his best-admired work is in opera, the piano concerto and sonata, the symphony, and in the string quartet and string quintet. Mozart also wrote much work for solo piano, other forms of chamber music, masses and other religious music, and numerous dances, divertimentos, and other forms of light entertainment.

How Mozart's compositions are listed


Mozart's symphonic production covers a 24-year interval, from 1764 to 1788. According to most recent investigations, Mozart wrote not just the 41 symphonies reported in traditional editions, but up to 68 complete works of this type. However, by convention, the original numbering has been retained, and so his last symphony is still known as "No. 41". Some of the symphonies (K. 297, 385, 550) were revised by the author after their first versions.

Childhood symphonies (1764–1771)

These are the numbered symphonies from Mozart's early childhood.

There are also several "unnumbered" symphonies from this time period. Many of them were given numbers past 41 (but not in chronological order) in an older collection of Mozart's works (Mozart-Werke, 1877–1910, referred to as "GA"), but newer collections refer to them only by their entries in the Köchel catalogue. Many of these cannot be definitively established as having been written by Mozart (see here).

Salzburg-era symphonies (1771–1777)

These symphonies are sometimes subcategorized as "Early" (1771–1773) and "Late" (1773–1777), and sometimes subcategorized as "Germanic" (with minuet) or "Italian" (without minuet). None of these were printed during Mozart's lifetime.

Although not counted as "symphonies" the three Divertimenti K. 136–138, in 3-movement Italian overture style, are sometimes indicated as "Salzburg Symphonies" too.

There are also several "unnumbered" symphonies from this time period that make use of music from Mozart's operas from the same time period. They are also given numbers past 41.

There are also three symphonies from this time period that are based on three of Mozart's serenades:

Late symphonies (1778–1791)

The three final symphonies (Nos. 39–41) were completed in about three months in 1788. It is quite likely that he hoped to publish these three works together as a single opus, although actually they remained unpublished until after his death. One or two of them might have been played in public in Leipzig in 1789.


Piano concertos

Mozart's concertos for piano and orchestra are numbered from 1 to 27. The first four numbered concertos are early works. The movements of these concertos are arrangements of keyboard sonatas by various contemporary composers (Raupach, Honauer, Schobert, Eckart, C. P. E. Bach). There are also three unnumbered concertos, K. 107, which are adapted from piano sonatas by J. C. Bach. Concertos 7 and 10 are compositions for three and two pianos respectively. The remaining twenty-one, listed below, are original compositions for solo piano and orchestra. Among them, fifteen were written in the years from 1782 to 1786, while in the last five years Mozart wrote just two more piano concertos.

There are also two isolated rondos for piano and orchestra:

The early arrangements are as follows:

Violin concertos

Mozart's five violin concertos were written in Salzburg around 1775. They are notable for the beauty of their melodies and the skillful use of the expressive and technical characteristics of the instrument, though Mozart likely never went through all the violin possibilities that others (e.g. Beethoven and Brahms) did after him. (Alfred Einstein notes that the violin concerto-like sections in the serenades are more virtuosic than in the works titled Violin Concertos.)

Mozart also wrote a concertone, an adagio and two stand-alone rondos for violin and orchestra.

In addition, there are three works that are spuriously attributed to Mozart.

Horn concertos

Arguably the most widely played concertos for horn, the four Horn Concertos are a major part of most professional horn players' repertoire. They were written for Mozart's lifelong friend Joseph Leutgeb. The concertos (especially the fourth) were written as virtuoso vehicles that allow the soloist to show a variety of abilities on the valveless horns of Mozart's day.

The Horn Concertos are characterized by an elegant and humorous dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra. Many of the autographs contain jokes aimed at the dedicatee.

There are some other unfinished Mozart works for horn and orchestra:

Woodwind concertos

K. 299 (3rd movement, Rondeau allegro)
Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra

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Concertante symphonies

K. 364 (3rd movement, Presto)
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

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These were not Mozart's only attempts at the genre; a few other fragmentary works were also composed around the same time, though not completed.


Piano music

Mozart's earliest composition attempts begin with piano sonatas and other piano pieces, as this is the instrument on which his musical education took place. Almost everything that he wrote for piano was intended to be played by himself (or by his sister, also a proficient piano player). Examples of his earliest works are those found in Nannerl's Music Book. Between 1782 and 1786 he wrote 20 works for piano solo (including sonatas, variations, fantasias, suites, fugues, rondo) and works for piano four hands and two pianos.

Solo piano works

Dual piano/performer works

Piano four-hands

Two pianos

Chamber music

Violin music

He also wrote for piano and violin. Note the order of the two instruments: for the most part, these are keyboard-centric sonatas where the violin plays a more accompanying role. In later years, the role of the violin grew to not just a support to the other solo instrument, but to build a dialogue with it.

The 'Violin Sonatas', KV 10–15, are unique in that they include an ad lib. cello part along with the score for violin and keyboard. The Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (1966) therefore includes them along with the other keyboard trios, although the Köchel catalogue (K6, 1964) lists them as normal violin sonatas.

Childhood violin sonatas (1763–66)

Mature violin sonatas (1778–88)

Variations for violin and piano

String duos and trios


String quartets

This cycle, in three movements, is interesting as far as these works can be considered precursors of the later—more complete—string quartets.
  • String Quartet No. 2 in D major, K. 155/134a (1772)
  • String Quartet No. 3 in G major, K. 156/134b (1772)
  • String Quartet No. 4 in C major, K. 157 (1772–73)
  • String Quartet No. 5 in F major, K. 158 (1772–73)
  • String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat major, K. 159 (1773)
  • String Quartet No. 7 in E-flat major, K. 160/159a (1773)
Much more stylistically developed. In Vienna Mozart is believed to have heard the op. 17 and op. 20 quartets of Joseph Haydn, and had received from them a deep impression.
  • String Quartet No. 8 in F major, K. 168 (1773)
  • String Quartet No. 9 in A major, K. 169 (1773)
  • String Quartet No. 10 in C major, K. 170 (1773)
  • String Quartet No. 11 in E-flat major, K. 171 (1773)
  • String Quartet No. 12 in B-flat major, K. 172 (1773)
  • String Quartet No. 13 in D minor, K. 173 (1773)
Mozart returned to the quartet in the early 1780s after he had moved to Vienna, met Haydn in person, and developed a friendship with the older composer. Haydn had just published his set of six quartets, Op. 33, which are thought to have been a stimulus to Mozart in returning to the genre. These quartets are often regarded as among the pinnacles of the genre.
This work was published by (dedicated to?) Franz Anton Hoffmeister, as well as the Prussian Quartets.
  • Mozart's last three quartets, dedicated to the King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm II, are noted for the cantabile character of the parts for cello (the instrument played by the king himself), the sweetness of sounds and the equilibrium among the different instruments.
  • String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K. 575 (1789)
  • String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K. 589 (1790)
  • String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K. 590 (1790)

String quintets

The string quintets (K. 174, 406, 515, 516, 593, 614), for two violins, two violas and cello. Charles Rosen wrote that "by general consent, Mozart's greatest achievement in chamber music is the group of string quintets with two violas."[3]


Piano trios


Other chamber music

K. 452 (3rd movement, Allegretto)
Quintet for Piano and Winds

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Serenades, divertimenti, and other instrumental works

The production for instrumental ensembles includes several divertimenti, cassations, notturni, serenades, marches, and dances, a quodlibet, besides, of course, his symphonies. Mozart's production for orchestra is written for string ensembles (like the early Divertimenti K. 136–138), as well as for wind instruments ensembles and the varied combinations of string and wind.






Three Milanese Quartets called "Divertimento":






Mozart left a huge production of dances for orchestra in different genres, including more than 100 minuets, two quadrilles, over 30 contra dances, over 50 allemandes (Teitsch, Ländler, or German Dances), a gavotte (French folk dance) and ballet and pantomime music.

In his production of minuets, Mozart generally followed Haydn's example, preferring the slow character of the dance. Allemandes written between 1787 and 1791 were mainly for public balls in Vienna. In the Contredanse production, also written mainly in Vienna, some examples of program music are found, like Il Temporale, K. 534, La Bataille, K. 535, Canary, K. 600/5, etc.


  • 7 Menuets, K. 61b/65a* (1769)
    *(not to be confused with Missa brevis No. 2 in D minor, K. 65/61a)
  • 2 Menuets, K. 61g (1769–70)
  • 6 Menuets, K. 61h (including No. 3 Symphony in D major, K. 135+61h) (1769?)
  • Menuet in D major, K. 94/73h (1769–70)
  • 19 Menuets, K. 103/61d (1776)
  • 6 Menuets, K. 104/61e (1770–71)
  • 6 Menuets, K. 105/61f (spurious, by Michael Haydn)
  • Menuet in E-flat major, K. 122/73t (1770)
  • 6 Menuets, K. 164/130a (1772)
  • 16 Menuets, K. 176 (1773)
  • 8 Menuets, K. 315a/315g (1779)
  • 3 Menuets, K. 363 (1783?)
  • Symphonic Minuet in C major, K. 409/383f (1782)
  • 5 Menuets, K. 461/448a (1784)
  • 12 Menuets, K. 568 (1788)
  • 12 Menuets, K. 585 (1789)
  • 6 Menuets, K. 599 (1791)
  • 4 Menuets, K. 601 (1791)
  • 2 Menuets, K. 604 (1791)


  • 2 Quadrilles in F major and B-flat major, K. 463/448c (1784)

Contra dance

  • 4 Contredanses, K. 101/250a (alternative title: Serenade No. 2) (1776)
  • Overture and 3 Contredanses, K. 106/588a (doubtful) (1790)
  • Contredanse in B-flat major, K. 123/73g (1770)
  • 4 Contredanses, K. 267/271c (1777)
  • 2[4] or 4[5] Contredanses for Count Johann Rudolf Czernin, K. 269b (1777)
  • 6 Contredanses, K. 462/448b (1784)
  • Contredanse in D major, "Das Donnerwetter" (The Thunderstorm), K. 534 (1788)
  • Contredanse in C major, "La Bataille", K. 535 (1788)
  • 3 Contredanses, K. 535a (doubtful) (1788)
  • Contredanse in C major, "Der Sieg vom Helden Koburg" (Coburg's Victory), K. 587 (1789)
  • 2 Contredanses, K. 603 (1791)
  • Contredanse in E-flat major, "Il Trionfo delle Donne", K. 607/605a (1791)
  • 5 Contredanses, K. 609 (includes No. 1 "Non più andrai") (1787)
  • Contredanse in G major, "Les filles malicieuses", K. 610 (1791)


  • 6 German Dances, K. 509 (1778)
  • 6 German Dances, K. 536 (1788)
  • 6 German Dances, K. 567 (1788)
  • 6 German Dances, K. 571 (1789)
  • 12 German Dances, K. 586 (1789)
  • 6 German Dances, K. 600 (includes No. 5 Trio: "Der Kanarienvogel" The Canary) (1791)
  • 4 German Dances, K. 602 (includes No. 3 "Die Leirer") (1791)
  • 3 German Dances, K. 605 (includes No. 3 "Die Schlittenfahrt" Sleigh Ride) (1791)
  • 6 Ländler in B-flat major, "Ländlerische Tänze", K. 606 (1791)
  • German Dance in C major, K. 611 "Die Leirer" (1791)


  • Ballet, Les petits riens (The Little Nothings), K. Anh. 10/299b (1778)
  • Sketches for a ballet intermezzo, "Bagatelles Ballet Pantomime", K. Anh. 10/299c (1778, fragment)
  • La Chasse (The Hunt) in A major, K. Anh. 103/299d (320f), (1778)
  • Gavotte in B-flat major, K. 300 (1778)
  • Musik zu einer Pantomime: Pantalon und Colombine (Music to a Pantomime) in D major, K. 446/416d (1783, incomplete)

Sacred music

Mozart's sacred music is mainly vocal, though also instrumental examples exist, like the Sonate da Chiesa for 2 violins, double bass and organ, composed between 1767 and 1780. His sacred music presents a rich stylistic mosaic: Gregorian choral elements meet rigorous counterpoint, and even operatic elements can sometimes emerge. Stylistic unity and consistency is present over all his sacred music work.


Liturgical works







Three settings of the Marian antiphon Regina coeli:


Te Deum


Sacred works

Hymns and aria

Church sonatas

  • Church Sonata No. 1 in E-flat, K. 67/41h (1772)
  • Church Sonata No. 2 in B-flat, K. 68/41i (1772)
  • Church Sonata No. 3 in D, K. 69/41k (1772)
  • Church Sonata No. 4 in D, K. 144/124a (1772)
  • Church Sonata No. 5 in F, K. 145/124b (1772)
  • Church Sonata No. 6 in B-flat, K. 212 (1775)
  • Church Sonata No. 7 in F, K. 224/241a (1776)
  • Church Sonata No. 8 in A, K. 225/241b (1776)
  • Church Sonata No. 9 in G, K. 241 (1776)
  • Church Sonata No. 10 in F, K. 244 (1776)
  • Church Sonata No. 11 in D, K. 245 (1776)
  • Church Sonata No. 12 in C, K. 263 (1776)
  • Church Sonata No. 13 in G, K. 274/271d (1777)
  • Church Sonata No. 14 in C, K. 278/271e (1777)
  • Church Sonata No. 15 in C, K. 328/317c (1779)
  • Church Sonata No. 16 in C, K. 329/317a (1779)
  • Church Sonata No. 17 in C, K. 336/336d (1780)

Organ music


Oratorios and cantatas



Concert arias, songs and canons

Masonic music

The following are compositions written for the Masonic Lodge:

See also


  1. King, Alec Hyatt (1973). "Some Aspects of Recent Mozart Research". Journal of the Royal Musical Association. 100 (1): 9–10. doi:10.1093/jrma/100.1.1. ISSN 0080-4452. OCLC 478409660.
  2. Henle-Urtext ISMN M-2018-9625-0
  3. Rosen, Charles (1997). The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (2nd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-04020-3. OCLC 35095841.
  4. Palmer (ed.), Willard A. (2006). W. A. Mozart: An Introduction to His Keyboard Works (illustrated ed.). Alfred Music Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 9780739038758. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  5. Hinson, Maurice; Roberts, Wesley (2013). Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire (4th ed.). Indiana University Press. p. 707. ISBN 9780253010230. Retrieved 27 November 2015.

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