Music: New Symphonies

Great symphonies, like great novels, are usually written by men of mature years. Notable exceptions are the 39 symphonies of Mozart, who wrote his first when he was eight, and died at an age (34) when the average composer is just beginning to hit his stride. But the big symphonies of the German romantic period usually came comparatively late in their composers' lives. Great epic Symphonist Beethoven, who wrote nine, waited until 30 to write his first one; Symphonist Brahms waited until he was 43; Symphonist Bruckner until he was 42.


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