Mozart Analysis

Analysis about everything in Symphony No. 40 (1st movement) I made this last year for my gcse exams and found them really useful for the longer essay questions

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Mozart ­ 1st movement from Symphony No. 40 in G minor
It starts piano, which is different to most symphonies.
Bridge passage is forte.
Second subject gets louder as it goes on.
Dynamics Development starts quiet, gets louder, and then ends quiet.
No diminuendos used, and only a few crescendos.
4/4 throughout
Uses some syncopation
Starts on beat 4 ­ a weaker beat (this is known as an anacrusis)
`Molto Allegro' (very fast)
Same tempo in whole piece
Composed in 1988
He only wrote two symphonies in a minor key.
Symphony No. 40 had 4 movements.
Sonata form (exposition, development, recapitulation)
Exposition = first subject, bridge passage, second subject, codetta
Recapitulation is similar to the exposition, but is slightly shorter ­ less of the
Structure second motif, but longer bridge and coda instead of a codetta.
Balanced question and answer phrases
First subject uses falling semitones.
Lots of falling phrases are used
Second subject is more lyrical
Melodies are altered in the development
Usually played by a small orchestra ­ no percussion or brass.
Violins normally have the main melody.
Woodwind share the second subject melody with violins
Mostly homophonic ­ the parts move in the same way.
Melody and accompaniment
There is some use of octave doubling (e.g. 1st and 2nd violins)
Some polyphonic bits, e.g. the extended bridge section in the recapitulation.

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Mozart ­ 1st movement from Symphony No. 40 in G minor
Mainly diatonic (notes all belong to the key)
Development is more chromatic, and is very modal.
Is mostly in G minor and the relative key of Bb major.
Uses pedals.…read more


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