Symphony No.41 in C major K551 ('Jupiter')
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart has 20 entries in the ultimate Hall of Fame and this is the fifth. It reached its highest ever position of number 94 in the inaugural Hall of Fame in 1996.
First of all, the nickname. Unlike the Eine Kleine Nachtmusik epithet, which stems from Mozart's own description in his personal notebook, the word 'Jupiter' probably has nothing to do with Mozart. Unfortunately, it appears to be marketing hype, coined by the same chap who promoted Haydn concerts in England, one Johann Peter Salomon. If true, then the name came from London, first used in a concert programme for the Philharmonic Society of London (now the Royal Philharmonic Society) and that was a full twenty-six years after Mozart died.
Staggeringly, this very popular symphony was written within days of both Mozart's Symphony No.39 and Symphony No.40. It could be that Mozart had at least a couple of symphonies buzzing around in his head before committing them almost whole to paper. But to have three fully formed works committed to memory is truly astonishing. More proof, if it were needed, of the correct use of the word 'genius' when applied to Mozart.
Buy your Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame Album now
Do you fancy an album packed full of four hours’ worth of guaranteed hits? Then the Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame album is right up your street!
The Movie Music Hall of Fame
Discover the nation's favourite film soundtracks in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame, featuring music by John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer.
Don't miss the Classic FM Hall of Fame Hour
Join John Suchet for an hour of the very best classical music, from full-blooded Romantic concertos to delicate Classical miniatures.
Browse Halls of Fame past
Discover more about our annual chart and explore Halls of Fame past, as far back as 1996.