With the first performance of "Le nozze di Figaro" in Prague, Mozart was shot to fame and in 1787 travelled from Vienna to Prague to enjoy it. Symphony 38 was finished in Vienna by December 1786, but its heavy use of wind instruments suggest it was always intended for the Prague audience for whom it was first performed. The large number of composer's sketches suggest Mozart worked hard, especially on the large and intricate contrapuntal passages.
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