It was during the summer of 1788 that Mozart committed to paper his last three symphonies, the first 'No.39 in E flat' K.543 dated June 1788, and, already, the third 'No.41 in C' K.551 being completed in August the same year ! With no immediate prospect of performance, and setting aside for the moment his growing burden of financial worries and personal sorrows, he had produced in less than two months three of his most important and enduring masterpieces.
Symphonies 40 & 41, although contrasting in mood, share Mozart's extensive use of developed sonata form, varied only by the Minuet and Trio third movements, and an approach that placed increasing importance on the emotional depths of the finale - in the 'Jupiter', the last movement becomes the most important and intricate of the work.
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550 (28:13) :-
1) I Molto Allegro 2) II Andante 3) III Minuet (Allegretto) & Trio 4) IV Finale (Allegro assai)
Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 "Jupiter" (35:32) :-
5) I Allegro vivace 6) II Andante cantabile 7) III Minuet (Allegretto) 8) IV Finale (Molto allegro)
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