Mozart Symphony 40 Analysis

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Analysis: Mozart Symphony no.40 in G minor K.550 (1788), first movement
There are more questions surrounding Mozart's final three symphonies nos. 39, 40, and 41 or "Jupiter" than answers. Mozart’s Symphony in G minor, K550 “is one of the greatest final trilogies that Mozart composed and the process of composing this piece lasted from six to eight weeks during the summer of 1788”(Heninger, 2003, p.1) Firstly, it was written for “strings, flutes, oboes and bassoons. It is then revised to give portions from the oboe parts to two clarinets, leading scholars to conclude that he made the amendment with a real performance in mind” (Heninger, 2003, p.1). This composition always makes a powerful impression to the people that listen to it”(Heninger, 2003, p.1). During the 19th century, a Russian critic listened to the symphony and the “turmoil of passion, the desires and regrets of an unhappy love” (Heninger, 2003, p.1) “was all he could hear in it. Unlike Robert Schumann that heard the “Grecian lightness and grace” (Heninger, 2003, p.1). According to Alfred Einstein this symphony is characterized as “heroically tragic” while according to two of his colleagues it was written in Mozart’s very blood (Heninger, 2003,
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40 was said to have come to the attention of Beethoven of all people soon enough the symphony. The Master was inspired by Mozart’s last movement when he wrote his own Symphony No. 5 to its composition by writing out passages in his own hand as well as paying allegiance. Symphony No.40 as the first movement, “became one of the most aggravating ringtones of the 90s, it was most likely very famous in Mozart’s lifetime, too”(Robins, 2015, p. 1). Even though scholars can’t be certain, it would appear Mozart performed it more than once, going on to rescore it for lightly different musical forces. It has one of the catchiest opening movements of the symphony which helps within seconds you’re carried away to a tense world of wealth and bad wigs”(Robins, 2015, p.

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