Evening Masterwork: Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Symphony No. 41 in C K 551 “Jupiter” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Evening Masterwork for June 18, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

The Jupiter Symphony is the largest and most complex symphony Mozart composed, completed in 1788. The symphony is characterized by its good humor, high-spirited energy, and the unusually grand scale for a symphony composed in the Classical period. Mozart. While much of Mozart’s music was completed on commission, he may have composed his 41st symphony on a whim – a rare occurrence in the composer’s body of work. Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony inspired many composers, like German composer Robert Schumann, who described the symphony as such: “About many things in this world there is simply nothing to be said—for example, about Mozart’s C-Major symphony with the fugue, much of Shakespeare, and some of Beethoven.” It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.