When we think of Mozart, we usually hear his light and playful tunes deep in our memory.
This is what makes his 40th Symphony, written in G minor, so intriguing.
The 26-minute symphony, one of only two he wrote in a minor key, has flashes of anxiety and obscurity, especially pronounced in the overture.
“When you hear the symphony you recognize it immediately but you hear something that feels bigger, more important to you,” said the musical director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, José Luis Gomez, who will conduct the orchestra during the event. ‘a performance of the 40th Saturday, November. November 6 and Sunday, November 7 at Catalina Foothills High School.
Gomez scheduled Mozart’s 40th on the heels of the orchestra playing his 41st Symphony “Jupiter” last month as part of his Classics series. The two symphonies were among the three that Mozart composed in 1788 and the last that he wrote before his death in 1791.
“This is one of those symphonies that you never tire of listening to,” said Gomez.
Mozart wrote two symphonies in G minor: the 40th, contemplative and complex, and the 25th more Mozartian symphony, composed when he was 17 years old.
The 40 opens as if it were giving the last word to the 39th Symphony, with a burst of violas ranging from fast to slow tempo.