September 26, 2016. Concert Notes

Classical Connections

September 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Brunswick High School Auditorium
Luis Haza, Music Director and Conductor

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Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K.201/186a                         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

            Allegro Moderato

            Andante in D major

            Menuetto: Allegretto

            Allegro con Spirito



Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
                                        Ludwig van Beethoven

            Adagio molto – Allegro con brio

            Andante cantible con moto

            Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace

            Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

Experience Classical Connections …

when the 2016-17 concert season opens with important, early works of two giants of the Classical Period.  Mozart wrote his first symphony at the age of 8, but the 29th, written at age 18, has been described as “a landmark” for the young composer.  Stanley Sadie, a respected British, 20th century musicologist described it as “personal in tone – perhaps more individual in its combination of an intimate, chamber music style with a still fiery and impulsive manner.”  Scored for two oboes, two horns, and strings, the music displays the lightness of a chamber ensemble, but adds passionate and impulsive passages as Mozart spreads his wings with the symphonic form.  Listen for the horns in the first movement as the strings introduce a principal theme which will be carried throughout the symphony.

In Beethoven’s first symphony, he paid homage to his early classical predecessors, particularly Mozart and his teacher, Joseph Haydn, but the symphony also served to announce his own personal talents to Vienna.  The form is in accordance with the established, composing tradition for a symphony of its time, but its content, instrumentation and tempi are unusual.  Scored for winds, brass, strings and percussion, the work gives the winds a more prominent role, while frequent changes in dynamics throughout mark it as a unique, bold work of an advancing composer.  Written in 1801, Beethoven’s First has been a bit overwhelmed by his 3rd, 5th and 9th symphonies, but it contains hints of his greatness to come as the predominant musical figure during the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras of music.