The attribution of the Five Divertimentos, K. 439b to
Mozart has been questioned by some scholars. There is no
surviving autograph and no reference to the 25 pieces in
Mozart's own catalogue of his compositions. Nevertheless,
sometime between 1787-90, Mozart supposedly wrote some
trios for Anton Stadler. Unfortunately, Stadler claimed
that the scores were in a suitcase that was stolen while
he was in Germany so the original scores have never been
found. These trios were published by Simrock between
1806-1813 for 2 clarinets and bassoon and had 25
movements divided into 5 "serenades." It was not until
the 1960s that researchers proposed that these works
were probably for 3 basset horns. We will never be
certain of the intended instrumentation or if Mozart
planned the various movements as a series of separate
pieces or in collections of movements for Divertimenti.
This current edition, edited by John Anderson for oboe,
clarinet and bassoon, includes suggested dynamics and
articulations. Score and parts are included in the set.
Divertimento No. 3 has 5 movements with a total duration
of approximately 20-21 minutes.