What is symphony?

  • (noun): A long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra.
    Synonyms: symphonic music
    See also — Additional definitions below


A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, scored almost always for orchestra. A symphony usually contains at least one movement or episode composed according to the sonata principle. Many symphonies are tonal works in four movements with the first in sonata form, which is often described by music theorists as the structure of a "classical" symphony, although many symphonies by the acknowledged classical masters of the form, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven do not conform to this model.

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... Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No ... Boston Symphony Orchestra Brahms Symphony No ... Festival Chorus (Philips, 1994) Brahms Symphony No ...
Gramophone Awards of The 1980s - 1988
... Paul Ostrovsky(pf) DG Choral -- Verdi Requiem Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Robert Shaw Telarc Concerto -- Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 Peter Donohoe(pf) Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai EMI Contemporary -- Sir Harrison Birtwistle Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, Silbury Air, Secret Theatre London Sinfonietta, Elgar Howarth. 2, "Resurrection" Arleen Augér, Janet Baker City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus Orchestra Simon Rattle Historic (Non-Vocal)-- Brahms Violin Concerto in D minor, Op ...
Tanglewood Festival Chorus - History
... to the management of the Boston Symphony Orchestra that he would create a permanent chorus for the orchestra, which had relied on various area choruses for much of its history ... Go! Form a chorus.'" The TFC's first concert was a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Symphony Hall in April 1970 when Leonard Bernstein substituted for William Steinberg ... of the Tanglewood season that summer and expressed a preference to conduct it at Symphony Hall rather than Beethoven's Fifth Symphony which Steinberg had ...
Symphony - Media
... Symphony 5, movement 1 Sorry, your browser either has JavaScript disabled or does not have any supported player ... Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th Symphony, 1st movement ...
Unfinished Symphony
... An unfinished symphony is a fragment of a symphony left by a composer, which is considered incomplete or unfinished for various reasons ... The archetypal unfinished symphony is Franz Schubert's Symphony No ... some sketches that Schubert had intended to create a traditional four-movement symphony, this has been the subject of endless debate ...

More definitions of "symphony":

  • (noun): A large orchestra; can perform symphonies.
    Example: "We heard the Vienna symphony"
    Synonyms: symphony orchestra

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