Orchestral Open Workshop
Saturday, 21st March, Newent Community School, Watery Lane, Newent GL18 1QF
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Mozart: K551, Symphony 41,
Members of the Newent Orchestra invite other players to join them for this day of musical exploration.
Cost: £15 (members, £10)
Pay on the day, but advance booking essential.
Parts will be provided for strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. NB., this symphony originally had no parts for clarinet, but rest assured that parts for this instrument will be available.
Tea/coffee will be provided – just bring your music stand and a packed lunch. Local shops, pubs and tea rooms will be open.
Final play-through at approx. 3:15 p.m when friends and family are welcome to join us (free).
Download Your Music
If you would like to download a part in advance of the workshop, you can find it on the Petrucci website as a free download. Choose the Breitkopf version.
Mozart’s 41st symphony in C Major, K551, is composed in four sublime movements:
Allegro vivace, 4/4
Andante cantabile, 3/4 in F major
Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio, 3/4
Molto allegro, 2/2
The third of three symphonies written in quick succession, the Jupiter was written at the furthest edges of the possible for Mozart, and contains many different expressive and compositional contrasts moulded into a single symphony. Hence, the result is of unusually grand scale for a classical period symphony. It is characterised by joy, good humour and exuberant energy throughout. These qualities belie a great contrast with his crushing domestic situation - and his death just three years later in agonising circumstances of great mental and physical pain.
The nickname, ‘Jupiter’, was probably attached by German musician, impresario and long-time London resident Johann Peter Saloman and was perhaps first used in print in a London concert program in 1821. Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of the Greek Zeus, chief of all the gods on Mount Olympus, was a massively exuberant immortal of prodigious sexual energy and unlimited power. Familiarity with the symphony brings no argument with its title.
(The above is extracted from an article, 'Jupiter and the Death of a Composer', by Bill Anderton, see www.billanderton.blogspot.com)