Symphony Music Recordings and Sheet Music

A symphony is a multi movement piece of music, most often written for a large instrumental force. The term has varied in meaning since its origins in ancient Greece. During the Baroque period, the terms symphony and sinfonia (its equivalent in some romance languages) were used to describe several instrumental forms, usually part of larger works (such as three part inventions). During the 18th century, the term symphony was often interchangeable with the term 'overture'. In fact, the fast-slow-fast structure of the Italian overture, together with the sonata form, exerted a big influence on the development of the 'traditional' or Romantic symphony form, which ultimately came to be defined as: an opening allegro movement in sonata form, a slow movement, a dance movement, and a second fast movement, usually a rondo or a set of theme+variations. During the Romantic period composers experimented with variations on this layout, and included programmatic elements into their symphonic compositions.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
1st mov. from Symphony no. 3 in Eb 'Eroica', Op. 55 Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra Romantic
2 Concertante Symphonies, Op.1 Louis Adam Chamber group Classical
2 Concertante Symphonies, Op.5 Jean-Baptiste Davaux Orchestra Classical
2 Concertante Symphonies, Op.7 Jean-Baptiste Davaux Orchestra Romantic
2 Concertante Symphonies, Op.8 Jean-Baptiste Davaux Orchestra Classical
2 Concertante Symphonies, Op.12 Jean-Baptiste Davaux Orchestra Romantic
2 Symphonies Casimir Anton Cartellieri Orchestra Classical
2 Symphonies, Op. 18 Muzio Clementi Orchestra Classical
2 Symphonies, Op.5 Gaudenzio Comi Orchestra Classical
2 Symphonies, Op.11 Joseph Bologne Saint-Georges Orchestra Classical
3 Symphonies, Op.1 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel Orchestra Classical
3 Symphonies, Op.4 Franz Ignaz Beck Orchestra Classical
3 Symphonies, Op.5 Ernst Eichner Orchestra Classical
3 Symphonies, Op.7 Ernst Eichner Orchestra Classical
3 Symphonies, Op.33 Paul Wranitzky Orchestra Classical
4 Songs for 4 Male Voices, Op.76 Felix Mendelssohn String Orchestra Romantic
4 Symphonies, G.515-518 (Op.37) Luigi Boccherini Orchestra Classical
5 Sinfonias à 4 Ferdinand Zellbell Jr Orchestra Classical
6 Pastorellae Synphoniae, Op.2 Remigius Falb Chamber group Classical
6 Sinfonias Christoph Förster Orchestra Baroque
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