Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven on Tour

Experience the outstanding works that Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven composed for cities where they were guest-composers. Beginning with Mozart’s visits to Vienna, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Munich, Mannheim, Paris, Frankfurt, Prague, and Berlin, we will then study the music commissioned from Haydn for Cadiz and Paris and for his two visits to England. We will conclude with Beethoven performing in Prague, and with his music that was premiered in St Petersburg.


  • W A Mozart on Tour: the 1767 visit to Vienna, and the beginning of the Grand tour of 1768-1773: The Hague, Ghent, Milan, Bologna, Vicenza
  • The 1778 visit to Paris and the 1780 visit to Munich and Mannheim
  • The visits to Berlin, Frankfurt, and Prague during the 1780s and early 1790s
  • Haydn: The Seven Last Words, commissioned by Cadiz Cathedral for Good Friday, 1785; the six Symphonies composed for Paris, composed in 1785 and 1786.
  • Haydn’s first visit to England, 1790-1792: the first six London Symphonies, the Oxford Symphony and choral works
  • Haydn’s second visit to England 1794-1795: the last six London Symphonies, choral works, songs and chamber music
  • Beethoven’s visit to Prague in 1798 – the premiere of the first piano concerto there and his performance of the second piano concerto; his String Quartet op 127 and his Missa Solemnis premiered in St Petersburg in 1824 – the first movements of the Mass: Kyrie and Gloria
  • The Missa Solemnis in St Petersburg and its reception – Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the outstanding qualities of the music and the special circumstances of their composition.
  2. Evaluate the influence of the differing venue on the conception of these works.
  3. Discuss some of the major architectural settings in which the music was premiered.
  4. Develop a clearer idea of how each composer approached the task of composition for a special commission/tour.