THURSDAY, September 10, 2020 – 11:50 PM
Mozart Symphony No. 36, (LINZ), 1783
In spite of the nickname – which generally means a very famous symphony – I have not heard this symphony as often, and I don’t immediately recognize any of the movements as belonging to this symphony.
- 0:11 – Adagio, – Allegro spiritoso, C major: It starts with a slow, minor intro, which is usually a sign that Mozart is about to show his best work. From there is just unfolds in a typical way for Mozart
- 11:00 – Andante, F major: This has a sound of siciliano, a slow dance in 6/8 or 12/8 time. He used it in the Paris, Prague and Great G Minor symphonies. Although the movement is technically in F major, it wanders into minor several times. The very full orchestration makes it unusually serious and somber.
- 18:24 – Menuetto, C major: The Minuetto is simple emotional relief providing a contrast to the serious 2nd movement and the very energetic last movement.
- 22:17 – Finale (Presto), C major: The last movement alternates between very light and strongly accented. Rather than using a rondo form this is sonata form.
The symphony is scored for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings.
It was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during a stopover in the Austrian town of Linz on his and his wife’s way back home to Vienna from Salzburg in late 1783.
Written in only four days…
Supposedly the entire symphony was written in four days to accommodate the local count’s announcement, upon hearing of the Mozarts’ arrival in Linz, of a concert.