Evening Masterwork: Mozart Symphony No. 25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Symphony No. 25 in g-minor K. 183 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Evening Masterwork for December 3, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Mozart composed only two symphonies in a minor key, both of them in g-minor. Adding to this unusualness is the use of four horns, as opposed to two, in both of these symphonies to add a certain kind of weight to the overall texture. Well, in actuality, this unusual foray into a minor key was really just Mozart being trendy: around the time of the Symphony No. 25, there was an explosion of symphonies being written in minor keys by all sorts of different composers.