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ORCHESTRA

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TPEN days could hardly be callod an unduly
-L long time to take over writing a Symphony. Yet Mozart took no longer over this fortieth Symphony, which is one of the most popular, and is generally considered one of the finest and most original of all his orchestral works. One must remember, of course, that in those days (nearly a hundred and fifty years ago) the Symphony was hardly out of its cradle, and had certainly not assumed the' colossal proportions of later days. Also the style of music just at that time was almost as simple and straightforward as it ever has been. Still, it is not everyone who could in ten days compose an orchestral masterpiece consisting (as this does) of four separate Movements, each of a lair length.
Of these four Movements, or separate pieces, the First is quick and bustling and full of estless energy. But one thing noticeable, all through this Symphony, is that Mozart lias used in it no Drums, nor any of the heavier Brass. The Second Movement comes as a beautiful, restful relief after the agitation of the First. The Third Movement is' « cheerful, rather ceremonious Minuet. The Fourth Movement is the sweeping, rushing Finale, whose speed never slackens, though there arc moments of tranquillity.

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