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AAmerican Masters, Part IAmerican Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton (FREE)CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, ClaudeDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorak, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family MattersFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its Influences Green and Pleasant Land HHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part I Invitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILiszt, Franz Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusic of Scandinavia (FREE)Musical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISibelius and GriegSlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08 Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony OrchestraThe Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II (FREE)ViolaViolin Concerto Voices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYou and the Night and the Music
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Symphony, Part 01 Purchase Now
In the beginning, there were Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, or so we thought. That is, until we uncovered a whole world of instrumental music so varied, so wonderful and so woefully unknown, we decided to take our time in that glorious realm of the symphony. Starting with a Sinfonia by Biaggio Marini from 1618, we slowly make out way through the seventeenth century, the eighteenth century and finish at the brink of the Romantic era with the Second Symphony by Beethoven.
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