Symphony No. 5 (Mozart)

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The Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, K. 22, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in The Hague in December, 1765, at the age of nine, while he was on his musical tour of Western Europe.[1] Mozart fell seriously ill during his stay in Hague, and he wrote that composition probably while he was convalescing from his illness.[1]

Structure[edit]

The symphony is scored for two oboes, two horns and strings.


\relative c'' {
  \override Score.NonMusicalPaperColumn #'line-break-permission = ##f
  \key bes \major
  \tempo "Allegro"
  <bes d,>2. d8.\trill( c32 d) |
  es8 r d r es r d r |
  f2\fp( d8) r d8.\trill( c32 d) |
  es8 r d r es r c r |
  bes2
}

The form is that of a three-movement Italian overture:

  1. Allegro, 4/4
  2. Andante, 2/4
  3. Allegro molto, 3/8

All three movements are colored especially prominently by horns. A rousing first movement in the key of B-flat major opens the symphony, followed by a more solemn, mournful movement in the relative key of G minor. A short, boisterous finale closes the work. The opening theme to the finale is borrowed from the finale to keyboard concerto by Johann Christian Bach whom Mozart had met the previous year in London.[2] The same theme would also appear in a much later, more mature work of Mozart's: the Act 2 Finale of his 1786 opera buffa, Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Giglberger, Veronika (preface), Robinson, J. Branford (transl.) (2005). Die Sinfonien I. Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag. p. X.  ISMN M-006-20466-3
  2. ^ Brown, A. Peter, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), pp. 347-348 (2002).
  3. ^ Sadie, Stanley. Mozart: The Early Years, 1756–1781, p. 105 New York: W.W. Norton & Co. (2006) ISBN 0-393-06112-4.

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