Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 25 In G Minor, K. 183

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“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183”

The classical era lasted from the 1750s to the 1820s, during this period the progression in instrumental music depended greatly on the influence of three master composers. The three were Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven (Kamien 156). Like the period before classical music, instrument has become just as important as vocal music. But, unlike the baroque period, the classical period music incorporated more movements, had more than one central mood, rhythm was flexible, the texture was centrally homophonic, and other characteristics. The classical orchestra during the period had four section which are strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. During this period one of the great master composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born on 1756. At a young age, he was considered a music prodigy. During the classical period some of the musical forms that were written are operas, piano concertos, chamber music (string quartet and string quintet), symphonies, and other genres. Mozart was able to write in all those musical forms and considered the most versatile composer during this period (Kamien 176). Although, Mozart composed over 600 music pieces, which is considered a tremendous amount during his time. Out of all Mozart’s symphony, he only had two symphonies that were in minor key symphonies no. 25 and no. 40 (classicalmusic.about.com). This research paper would analysis and discuss symphony no. 25 and Mozart’s life a few years before and after he composed this symphony (biographyonline.net).
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 or “little” G minor was composed around September 1773. The first time it was performed was on October 5, 1773 in Salzburg, Austria. The performance lasted about twenty minutes. At the time Mozart composed this symphony he was only 17 years old. Mozart composed this symphony after is final tour in Italy. During this tour he was influenced by Joseph Haydn’s music titled Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) (seattlesymphony.org). He had moved back to where Salzburg and was unhappy with is patron and his over controlling father (seattlesymphony.org).
According to the music score the instruments necessary for this symphony are two oboes (oboi), two bassoons (fagotti), four horns (corni), first and second violin (violino), viola, and cello (violoncello e basso) (http://cso.org). Although the original score was composed for 12 instrument the size of present day classical orchestra can have more than 100 musicians. The composition for symphony no 25 follows the classical form for symphony which is fast, slow, dance-related, and fast movements (Kamien 158). Mozart’s symphony no. 25 in present day has been arrange for other instrument not included when the piece was original written such as piano solos (http://imslp.org). There are four movements in Symphony no. 25 each movement has a different character and tempo.
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