The present work was composed in 1786 and was printed in Paris by Pleyel’s principal publisher
Imbault the following year under the title ‘12e / SINFONIE / PÉRIODIQUE / A deux Violons Alto et Basse /
Cors et Hautbois ad Libitum / Composée / par / Mr Ignace Pleyel / Maître de Chapelle de la Cathédrale de Strasbourg...’ Like a number of other Pleyel symphonies this work was issued in several arrangements by publishers, including Pleyel himself.
Duo arrangements exist for winds or strings, keyboard and
even violin and guitar.
This edition is based on a copy of the Imbault print
preserved in the Bibliothèque du Conservatoire Royal de
Musique, Brussels, under the shelfmark W 7805. Imbault’s
edition is for the most part carefully engraved although there are inevitably some errors and inconsistencies. The notation of articulation and dynamic markings has been standardised throughout, and, where missing, markings have been reconstructed from parallel passages. These are indicated by the use of dotted slurs or brackets where appropriate. Like most eighteenth-century sources, the print is inconsistent at times in its notation of appoggiature; these have also been standardised to minimise confusion. Obvious wrong notes have been silently corrected; otherwise, any editorial emendation with no authority from the source is placed within brackets.