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The Master Musicians: Mozart$
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Julian Rushton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.001.0001

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Orchestral Music

Orchestral Music

‘the glorious effect of a symphony with fiutes, oboes, and clarinets

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(p.85) Chapter 10 Orchestral Music
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The Master Musicians: Mozart
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Julian Rushton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.003.0010

When Mozart returned to Salzburg, he had composed half-a-dozen symphonies and the seventeen-movement Galimathias musicum (K. 32). Other than piano concertos, the majority of his orchestral works date from periods of residence in Salzburg, with a few symphonies composed for concerts in Vienna and Milan. His Salzburg output also includes violin concertos and orchestral divertimenti — serenades, cassations, and Finalmusik for summer festivities. The progress of Mozart's concertos parallels that of the symphonies: the pleasant, even admirable, breaks through into music of individual and unforgettable charm and originality.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composition, symphonies, concertos

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