Classical Symphony Vs Romantic Symphony

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A symphony is defined as ‘an elaborate musical composition for full orchestra, typically in four movements, at least one of which is traditionally in sonata form.’ However, this definition is a basic structure and has been altered over the various periods to suit composers. This large scale work requires a wide range of instrumentation and the form may vary greatly. The Classical Symphony grew from the Italian overture which consisted of three sections, fast, slow, fast. However, as time progressed the fourth movement became a new adaptation and this was usually a ‘Minuet and Trio.’ The Romantic symphony consisted of the same basic structure. However, a few adaptations occurred such alternating the order of movements or starting with a slow
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