A Symbol of Gratitude?
39 and 40 -
'... vitality and alertness ...'
During the summer of 1788, when Mozart wrote his last three symphonies, he was in a financial mess. As was to happen repeatedly, he turned for aid to a fellow mason, Michael Puchberg. Could it be that the start of Symphony 39, like the far more obvious exordium to the Magic Flute overture, was a symbol of gratitude to the freemasonry that meant so much to his spirit and his purse?..
Copyright © 24 May 2010
CD INFORMATION: MOZART SYMPHONIES 39 AND 40