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AA Green and Pleasant LandA Little Traveling Music, Please (FREE)American Masters, Part I (FREE)American Masters, Part IIAmerican Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V (FREE)An Intelligent ConversationArias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBarberBartokBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Part IBrahms, Part II Britten CCall for ScoresCello Concertos (FREE)Child's PlayChopinClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCoplandCoriglianoCzech out those Bohemians DDebussyDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorakDvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgarEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauréFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I (FREE)Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its InfluencesHHandelHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemithHit or Myth (FREE)Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His LassItalian SouvenirsJJanáčekLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILisztMMaestro, Pt IIMaestro, Pt. I Magnificent MagyarsMahler, Part IMahler, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohnMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith (FREE)Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Wine in Old Bottles (FREE)NielsenNinth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New WorldOutward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IIPoulenc, FrancisProkofiev RRachmaninoffRavel (FREE)RespighiRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky (FREE)String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago (FREE)Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Part ITchaikovsky, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (FREE)The Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThe Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThe Violin Concerto Through the Mail SlotTone PoemsToo Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan WilliamsVeniceVerdi, Part IVerdi, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part IIViolaVoices from the East WWagnerWagner's Ring CycleWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder Part OneWunderkinder Part TwoYYou and the Night and the Music
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Symphony, Part 01 Purchase Now
Bill begins by examining the early origins of the symphonic form, as perfected by eighteenth century masters Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Beginning in 1618 with various "sinfonias" composed by Biagio Marini. He makes comparisons with Haydn's standard four-movement configuration, which had long done away with 17th century "continuo" bassline progressions present in Marini's pieces.
Many of these 17th century Italian pieces titled "sinfonia," differ from their 18th century counterparts in their use of a soloist backed by an orchestra, or—in the case of the popular "concerto grosso"—a group of soloists in dialogue with a small orchestra.
Pieces such as a striking tone poem by Antonio Vivaldi, and a countertenor oratorio by George Frideric Handel, provide further examples of the varying forms that early "sinfonias" would take.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, III (excerpt)
Marini: Sinfonias: La Orlandina, La Gardana, & La Ponte
Convivium: Wallfisch, v.; Tunnicliffe, vc. & th.; Nicholson, org. & hps.
Stradella: Sinfonia No. 22
A. Scarlatti: Sinfonia Avanti La Serenata ‘Clori, Dorino E Amore’
Bononcini: Sinfonia Decima à 7 for Two Trumpets and Strings, Op. 3
Philharmonia Orch/Warren-Green; Wallace & Miller, tpts.
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in b minor, Al Santo Sepolcro
Leipzig Radio Chamber Orchestra/Kegel
Ars Vivendi 2100141
Handel: Sinfonia, “Frondi Tenere” & “Ombra mai fu” fr. Serses
Academy for Ancient Music Berlin; Scholl, cten.
D. Scarlatti: Sinfonia in G Major & Sinfonia in A Major
Pisendel: Sinfonia in B-flat Major
Fasch: Sinfonia in G Major
Paillard Chamber Orchestra/Paillard
Telemann: Symphony in D Major, TV Ahn 50, No. 1
Musica Antiqua Köln/Goebel
Sammartini: Symphony in D Major
Zelenka: Sinfonia concertante à 8 in a minor, I, II & III
Solnitz: Sinfonia in A Major, Op. 3 No. 4, I
Musica ad Rhenum
NM Classics 92037
Boyce: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
W. F. Bach: Sinfonia in d minor, F. 65: Adagio & Fugue
Fredrick the Great: Symphony in G Major
C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra/Haenchen
Mondonville: Sonata in b minor, Op. 3 No. 1
The Musicians of the Louvre/Minkowski
Mondonville: Amoroso & Gigue fr. Sonata Op. 3 No.6
The Musicians of the Louvre/ Minkowski
J.S. Bach: Mass in b minor, BWV 232 (excerpt)
C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in A Major, Wq. 182, No. 4, I
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
Stamitz: Symphony in G Major
Ostrava Janácek Chamber Orch/Dejmek
Haydn: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Le Soir
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J.C. Bach: Symphony in D, II
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, Jupiter, II
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, London, I & IV + III
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36