“Symphony No. 40 (1st Movement)-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”

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The reason I chose Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 (1st movement) is because it really stood out to me out of all the pieces we heard in class and that are on the Moodle Website. I enjoy listening to this piece because it gives off a fun and warm vibe at times sounding playful and fast but then it takes on a warmer and somewhat soothing ambiance at other times. Honestly, when I listen to this song I have to turn the volume down because the pitch of the violins is so powerful and high. I believe this is because this specific Symphony was composed and performed in G minor. The scale (major or minor), and more specifically the 3rd note, determines whether the chords played will give off a brighter cheerier sound, or a darker sadder sound. The song starts off with a repeating fast and quiet back and forth sound by the violins, this is the beat. Then the melody kicks in, with a succession of many pitches going at a very fast pace. After about 15 seconds the harmony is apparent and starts to overpower the song. The harmony, which is a vertical relationship of two or more pitches together, along with the melody which is a succession of pitches that stand out, create a fast-pace and thrilling mood. From the beginning of the song up until when the harmony and melody are apparent, I feel as though I could be on a merry-go-round, starting off slow and eventually reaching a very high speed. This is the affective-reactive meaning the song has on me. It evokes emotions of thrill including high speeds, even fear and suspense, as if I was being chased by someone or something.

In this piece the instruments being used (that I know of) are the strings, which consist of violins, viola’s, cello’s, and double basses, oboes, bassoons (horns), flutes, and clarinets. Each category of instruments (strings or horns) stands out at certain times. I especially enjoy the flutes and clarinet’s part, when the strings will either stop playing completely or just get quieter. I believe this piece...
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