This piece brings Mozart’s 40th symphony into a whole new dimension using contemporary rock rhythms and harmonies. The original story line touches on some of Mozart’s struggles as a great composer trapped in a lifestyle with little freedom to create the music he truly longed to write. He died at a very young age but still managed to produce some of our most beloved classical music selections. This piece could also serve as a reference point for a historical study of the life of Mozart.
Type of ensemble: This SAB arrangement is a unique adaptation of Mozart’s 40th symphony with some added original content to keep it moving. The melodic line is shared with all parts but there are sections where all three add to the power of this selection.
Technique teaching points: This piece requires a great deal of energy to make it through to the end. The challenge will be to keep the energy flowing and not let it sag in the middle of the piece.
Story line: Much of Mozart’s life was filled with success and lavish life styles, however there were times where he felt used, trapped and generally undervalued. The lyrics touch on some of these more somber times in his life.
Program placement: This would be a great selection to finish your concert with a powerful piece. There is a lot of movement, dynamic contrast and drama in the ending.