Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No.13 in G major)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Up 30. 15th of Mozart's 19 entries.

The real title for this perennial favourite is Serenade No.13 in G, although it's the informal title that has stuck. The title Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is what he jotted next to the entry for this particular serenade written for a string quartet with an added double-bass. It's another piece from his great purple patch. He was thirty-one years old.

Oddly enough, Mozart never published Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in his lifetime. It was left up to his widow, Contanze, to sell it in a job lot of his music to a publisher in 1799, presumably to raise much-needed cash. It saw public light of day only in 1827, some forty years after it was written.