This 8thVolume in the Musical Musings series of articles about classical music continues with selected compositions in the genre of the symphony. As in Part One (Musical Musings Volume II – Symphonies Part One) there are well known works represented in addition to works that are less well known.
The symphony evolved over many years, and this volume includes a symphony by one of the first acknowledged composers who wrote in the form, Giovanni Sammartini, who began writing symphonies as early as 1732. So the symphony as a form has been around for nearly 300 years.
There are 50 works included from 26 different composers, including two women composers; the American Mrs. H.H.A Beach and the British Alice Mary Smith. As with the rest of the volumes in the series, there are links to performances of the works that are discussed included at the end of each article. I invite one and all to visit Musical Musings, the blog where these articles first appeared.