Karl Böhm heads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in this performance of
the Minuet K. 409, written in Vienna towards 1782. It was presumably
composed for a performance of the Symphony in C major K. 338 in Vienna's
Augarten in May 1782. Let us recall that the autograph of the Symphony K.
338, written in Salzburg, contained only the beginning of a Minuet, which
was then crossed out. The more progressive Viennese public preferred
four-movement works, which might explain the origin of this Minuet. It is
one of Mozart's most imaginative and beguiling minuets.
Karl Böhm was universally acclaimed for his Mozart interpretations. Though
Wagner was one of Böhm's first loves, his friendship with Richard Strauss
led to a deep knowledge and appreciation of Mozart. In his autobiography,
Böhm wrote that "Richard Strauss revealed to me the ultimate secrets of
this, in my opinion, greatest of all musical geniuses, Mozart." Böhm's
discovery of these secrets transformed his Mozart interpretations into