Development Of Symphonies And Their Composers

1346 Words May 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Development of Symphonies and Their Composers Early eighteenth century the term “symphony” was applied to the instrumental preludes and postludes of vocal pieces such as arias and songs. By derivation the word means simply “a music ensemble”. Today, we apply the term to a much larger composition such as an orchestra (typically in three or four movements). The symphony can also be defined as a sonata for orchestra. Symphonies of the earlier era, the classical era, were mostly simpler, and followed a smaller scale. Later, during the romantic era, the symphony had grown in number and length of the movements, the instruments used to increase not only in quantity but in quality. There was also a wider dynamic range due to the variety in instruments played. Of the seventeenth century, the term symphony originated from the word “Sinfonia”, which was used for introductory movements for operas, oratorios and cantatas. Today, the symphony is generally regarded as the highest type of instrumental music. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the first symphonies were intensely developed. Music had three parts: fast, slow, fast, and eventually became dance-like fast. This form became popular in Italy, but then spread to Germany and England. That’s why most music terms are written in Italian. The first movement of the Sinfonia received little to no attention, it merely served as a cover to the entrance of the people arriving late. The second movement gave contrast with lyrical melody,…
Open Document