Symphony No.16 in A major (Witt, Friedrich)

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Massenetique (2011/9/13)

Editor Gerhard Staar
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, Nr.3908, 1963. Plate 31744.
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General Information

Work Title Symphony in A major
Alternative. Title Sinfonia in A-Dur. [No.16.] Nach alten Stimmen des "Akademischen Konzerts" in Jena
Composer Witt, Friedrich
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. FisW 16
Key A major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Menuetto: Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1790s?
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation Orchestra
Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, Strings
External Links RISM 450011522
RISM 250001791 (more complete list of incipits)
Scan of manuscript copy of parts at Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Jena

Misc. Comments

Hrm, maybe his first symphony if the date is right? Wonder if there's a list of his symphonies somewhere... 6, 9 and 14 are recorded, besides those 2 and 4 are here... hrm.

RISM lists them by FisW number. This seems to be FisW 16 (from Stephen Fisher's "Friedrich Witt: A Thematic Index", from The Symphony 1720-1840: a comprehensive collection of full scores in sixty volumes 1986.) RISM notes a manuscript copy from the 1790s, pushing composition date back a decade at least! (FisW 16 @ RISM in both cases lacks a slow introduction and begins Allegro vivace with the less adorned theme that here begins the slow introduction. However, comparing the first themes of each movement with the incipits in RISM 250001791 show otherwise mostly differences in detail and in one case, octave.) - Schissel

(Since RISM's description of the work that corresponds to our symphony 4 in E also doesn't mention the Adagio introduction, but the theme it gives under "Allegro vivace" is pretty clearly an Adagio theme, either the 1840 score that they're basing -their- information on turned that into an Allegro, or they sometimes leave out that information- the latter could well be in both these cases and elsewhere too, I think.)