The Gracious Twenty Ninth

Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, that is.
I was listening to a nice recording of it on KUSC this evening, and I was reminded of how much I like this symphony.  It’s so…gracious.  Sunny and exuberant, but most of all, it has this wonderful, grace about it.  Most of Mozart’s late symphonies seem pretty intense to me, but the 29th seems a bit more relaxed.
In contrast, Symphony No. 25 in G minor…the so-called “little G minor”…is dark and brooding, all sturm und drang.  That’s why it was chosen for the dramatic opening scenes of the movie “Amadeus.”  It is almost the polar opposite of the 29th.  Listen to the two of them, back-to-back and you will see what I mean.  Only in the last movement does the 29th get a bit intense…but it is the intensity of exuberance and joy, not storm and stress.
I think from now on, whenever I am feeling depressed or stressed, I am going to put the 29th in the CD player and sit down with a glass of wine.
That would be better than any anti-depressant drug on the market.

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