Essay homework for Xmas break
Following on from the work we did in class, please write a short exam-length essay on Topic M as follows. It should focus on brief explanations of context and reference to relevant features of symphonies. For example, you could explain how Stamitz was employed at the Mannheim court as part of one of the best orchestras in Europe at the time and then point out features of Op. 3/2 that are designed to showcase them (all the usual Mannheim stuff).
Title: Explain how changes in composers’ professional circumstances and attitudes can be seen in the development of the symphony from 1750-1900. You must refer to Haydn 104, Mendelssohn Italian and a range of relevant symphonic works from across the period.