Classical & Rococo Era

Symphony 29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

April 1774

Salzburg (Austria)

Symphony 29 is one of Mozart’s beautiful pieces of classical music. It is written in four movements: Allegro moderato, andante, menuetto, and allegro con spirito. Mozart would have been 18 when he composed this piece of music- a remarkable feat.

This piece would have greatly appealed to the public and the common masses. During this time composers broke away from the aristocracy and performed in public places such as public halls or opera houses. Although they commonly had wealthy patrons, they enjoyed a different audience then composers had enjoyed previously. This music would have had a broad popular appeal because the song has a less complex style then music of the baroque era had. This music was appealing as well because of a strong and apparent melody that even people uneducated in music could identify.

This song is absolutely beautiful with the strong, clear melody. The song is played very clearly and lightly and the mutes the orchestra is playing with adds a resonant tone to the song. The french horns and violins seem to echo each other and take turns playing the melody. The dynamics make listening to the song very interesting as the movement starts out very soft and crescendos louder and louder. Mozart was a truly talented and inspiring musician who continues to inspire musicians today.

To listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_othnl8OPI&feature=player_detailpage

For more information: http://www.classicalarchives.com/work/18630.html#tvf=tracks&tv=about

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About lbullen

I am a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, studying Business Administration. This semester I am enrolled in Distance classes while I travel. I'm leaving for a month and a half to travel to Australia and Thailand! I'll also spend about a month visiting DC & NY. My philosophy in life at the moment is to make your dreams happen now while you have the chance.
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