Mozart: Symphony no. 35 – movement 1 of 4 – part 3


The above is regarded by historians as the mos...

The above is regarded by historians as the most accurate surviving likeness of Mozart, painted when the composer was 26 years old.

A continuation on my previous two posts about the first movement of Mozart‘s symphony no. 35.

You can find the score here:

Mozart Symphony No 35 1. Allegro con spirito

And another YouTube recording here:

I encourage you to find other recordings on YouTube, iTunes or your local library to see how these dots can be interpreted in many ways.

Forward motion

I want to start where I left off the last time. I’m looking at bar 20 here. What we have is

  1. Scales in woodwinds and lower strings
  2. Two-note figurations on scales in high strings
  3. Rhythms in brass and timpani

If we start with the high strings that carry the melody here, we see that all the 8th-notes are just a scale going down (G, F#, E and so on) while all the others are a step above the previous note. A sort of recoil from the scale.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see what the high woodwinds are doing: they are playing all the 8th-notes from the melody – for melodic punctuation

As we learned previously the bassoon, cello and bass often play the same, and this is no exception. Here they – and the violas – play in thirds with the high winds.

One important thing to notice about these 8th-notes is the octave shift in 3 voices. All three shift on an 8th-note upbeat so as not to stress the heavy downbeat within the bar but to keep the drive up until the downbeat of 21.

First oboe 1 mark the third of the dominant chord (C# on A7) by stressing the upbeat before it. and next flute 2 and violas set us off for the last 3 8th-notes that drives us home to 1.

This effect is called forward motion and it is about leading to 1 instead of starting from 1.

Last we have the rhythm: notice in the audio how the brass support the 8th-notes while the rhythmic motive from the opening theme in the timpani helps the pace of this section.

Check out this great series on score-reading:

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