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Mozart Symphony #29 in A Major

Presentation on Mozart's Symphony #29 in A Major. (K 201). Brief historical and biographical information, analysis, and reflections.
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Charles Groth

on 20 July 2013

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Transcript of Mozart Symphony #29 in A Major

Mozart - Symphony #29 in A Major
K. 201

Classical Period
Fellow composers:
Haydn
Salieri
Clementi
C.P.E. Bach
Classical Period
Dense note writing loses favor
Simpler music prefered
Form is important
Symetrical phrases
Harmonic order
Music is beginning to move into the public
Primary Theme
Secondary Theme
Closing Theme
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Historical Context:
Lead up to American Revolution
Development of steam engine
Middle class beginning, public performance
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1756-1791
Born in Salzburg - rich musical tradition
Father accomplished composer and performer
Taught from a young age
Toured Europe
Performed, composed, improvised
Absorbed everything about music that he could
Performance Ensembles:
Small chamber ensembles
Smaller orchestras

Musical forms:
Concertos
Sonatas
Early opera
Oratorios
Symphonies

Music of Mozart's Time
Symphony #29 in A Major
Sonata form
exposition
development
recapitulation
4 Movements:
I Allegro moderato
II Andante
III Menuetto
IV Alegro con spirito
Movement 1 - Allegro moderato
Form:

Exposition:
Primary Theme
Repeated Primary Theme
Modulation
Secondary Theme
Modulation
Closing Material
Development:
Modulation to D Major
Variation 1
Modulation to f# minor
Variation 2
Modulation to A

Recapitulation
Primary Theme
Repeated Primary Theme
Modulation
Secondary Theme
Modulation
Closing Material
Transition to Coda
Coda
Interesting Notes:
Short and concise
Driven by melodies
Use of piano at beginning
Octave jump
Sturm und Drang (storm and stress)
Tremolos
Dynamic changes
3 keys in exposition
Mozart showing off what he learned
Ideas:
Economic shifts
Social class shift
Freedom of thought
Entire work unified by common key
Sonata Allegro Form
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