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Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C, K551 "Jupiter" Analysis of Exposition

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Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C, K551 "Jupiter" Analysis of Exposition

The first movement of Mozart's final symphony can be broken down into several sections, and these are the

1. Exposition

* First subject

* Transition

* Second subject

* Closing theme

* Codetta

2. Development

* First development

* Second development

3. Recapitulation

Exposition

First Subject

The first subject is in the movement's opening bars, and is then split further into the antecedent and consequent. The antecedent takes the form of a militaristic march, with a strong duple meter coming through, emphasized by the brass playing the tonic of C, helping to establish the key. The consequent is then played by the first violins. In a contrast to the loud and strong opening; it is played piano and has a much lighter texture. It uses a combination of suspensions and appoggiaturas in a rising sequence that completes the consequent. The antecedent and consequent are both examples of periodic phrasing, which is essentially a balanced phrase. The antecedent is two bars long, and so is the consequent, which I

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