The awe-inspiring counterpoint in Mozart's final symphony, explained in one video

8 August 2016, 11:59

This very clear musical analysis of the finale from Mozart's Jupiter symphony reveals every ounce of the great composer's contrapuntal genius.

Prepare for a mind-melting glimpse into the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This video analyses the counterpoint (note-against-note movement) found in Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C, K 551, known as 'Jupiter'.

The movement is full of short, infectious melodies and musical figures and this video digs deep into the contrapuntal structure and techniques the composer used to weave them a masterful symphony.

Musicologist Richard Atkinson takes you through all the themes, strettos, inversions and variations found in the movement.

Wolfgang, you absolute genius.

Clearly a symphony very much deserving of its place in this list.

Now you know the score, here is the movement in full - the Vienna Philharmonic sounding superb under the legendary baton of Austrian maestro Karl Böhm.

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