Tenshot: Mozart’s 40th Symphony
- It’s the middle one of Mozart’s last three symphonies.
- Like the 39th (discussed here) and 41st (Jupiter), it was written in the summer of 1788.
- No one know why Mozart didn’t write any symphonies during the last three years of his life.
- Unlike the 39th, which is full of peaceful, flowing melodies, the 40th is made of dramatic twists and turns.
- It’s one of the very few Mozart symphonies written in a minor key.
- The first movement is a perfect example of sonata form.
- It consists of the four standard movements of a classical symphony:
i. Allegro ii. Andante iii. Menuetto iv. Allegro
Each is in sonata form, except for the usual ABA of the minuet and trio.
- The only performance of it where there’s a record of Mozart being present was so bad that he had to leave the room.
- The sturm und drang of 40th kept it popular even among the Romantics who dismissed most of Mozart’s work as empty formalism.
- It sounds like this:
MOZART Symphony No 40 in G minor KV550 LEONARD BERNSTEIN