Symphony is probably one of the greatest musical compositions that you can listen to. This is a versatile form of music that is mostly intended to be performed by an orchestra. Some of the classical masters who have composed outstanding symphonies are Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When you try to look at the history of symphony, you would find out that it has been in existence since the 16th century but has gained real prominence in the 18th century.
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In the 18th century, symphonies weren’t considered as standalone performances. Back then, you cannot expect people to go to a certain venue just to see and hear a symphony being played. It was rather used as a prelude, a postlude or an interlude to some other musical event. The popular movement used was the three-movement which is a start from a fast, to a slow, to again another fast movement. Notable pieces of this form would include Mozart’s early symphonies. Soon, this three- movement became a four movement. Notable composers during this era were Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn.
Professional orchestras started to gain prominence. In the 19th century, another popular composer was born in the person of Beethoven. His famous works include the Symphony No. 3 which has a strong emotional note to it. His Symphony No. 5 was well-loved and the most famous of all. His Symphony No. 9 became a choral symphony. Other notable composers of this era were Brahms, Schubert, and Schumann.
The 20th century symphony saw some modifications to previous works. Long symphonies were created – large-scale in fact. More composers wrote such pieces and it has never ceased to grow from then on. There are still those who wrote using the traditional 4 movement. The 20th century pieces, as well as the classical ones are being played today by Toronto chamber orchestra
A symphony cannot be done justice when an incomplete orchestra performs it; this is why when being performed by Mississauga chamber orchestra, they make sure that they have all the right instruments and the right attitude.
Although there are other orchestral pieces that are being performed by Burlington chamber orchestra, the symphony would always remain as one of the best musical scores to be performed.
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