You know what they say: better late than never. I know it’s not even Wednesday anymore where some of you live, but I’m writing this on a Wednesday. Hopefully that makes this post Wednesday Music, then. I almost skipped this week but then I remembered I skipped last week (the horror, the horror!), so I forced myself to sit down and write this.
This week’s piece is Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183. The first movement is one of my favorite things ever written, so get ready to be amazed. First, here’s a bit about it.
- Mozart wrote it when he was seventeen. What were you doing when you were seventeen? Not writing symphonies, I assume?
- Mozart wrote only two symphonies in the key of G minor. This is one of them. Bonus points to anyone who knows how many symphonies Mozart wrote without looking it up. (And yes, I do know. I wouldn’t be a very good Wednesday Music host otherwise! 😉 )
- The New York Philharmonic performed it in 1941 as part of its centennial season. It’s an excellent choice for such an occasion, if you ask me. I wonder if it will be performed for the bicentennial season, too.
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