January 18, 2020
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell St. San Francisco, CA 94109
Thomas Alexander, Music Director https://impromptusf.org/
Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, “Haffner,” is one of the prolific composer’s most joyful works. Written in 1782, just a year after he relocated to Vienna from Salzburg and when he was just 26, its joyful opening and boisterous finale are said to represent a sense of liberation and excitement about his life in a new city.
Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor premiered in 1876, a whopping 21 years after he began writing it. It opens with a dramatic, lamenting allegro and concludes with a joyous finale in C major, reminding so many listeners of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” that the work is often referred to as “Beethoven’s 10th.”