The Symphony—Music for Every Person
Lecture no. 26 from the course: How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition
Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 43 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
This lecture explores the Classical symphony as both an orchestral genre and a social phenomena—it had become by the early 19th century the musical property of the rising middle class. The Baroque antecedents of symphony are described and discussed; a Baroque, Italian-style overture by Handel is compared directly to an early Classical symphony by Johann Stamitz. We then examine the tremendous influence of opera on the genre of symphony.