Symphony Meaning

What is the Symphony:

Symphony is an extensive musical composition made for orchestras, generally made up of four movements.

Symphony originates from the Greek word symphonia, which meant "notes sounding in harmony" and referred especially to a band, ensemble or musical ensemble. It is only in the late 18th century that symphonies become centerpieces of a concert.

The first movement of a symphony is written in the form of a sonata, while the second can be slow, adagio, long; the third movement is usually written as a minuet or scherzo, and the fourth is a live allegro, also called a rondo-sonata.

Symphonies began to be written in the classical period (1740-1820), but it was not until the maturity of this period, at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, that the great composers of symphonies emerged, such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Operas in the early Baroque period, between 1600 and 1630, included instrumental symphonies, but only as interludes or introductions, not as individual pieces.

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