4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Jupiter Symphony – good to vacuum by

Coming up at Mainly Mozart

Part of the Frankfurt orchestra playing the Jupiter Symphony
Part of the Frankfurt orchestra playing the Jupiter Symphony

I’ve never heard Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. Can you believe that? After all these years, it has avoided me. I’ve heard Mozart’s Haffner Symphony at least three times. I’ve heard his Symphony No 29 twice. I’ve a few other Mozart symphonies once but the Jupiter, not at all.

Past Event

Classical In Your Car: Mainly Mozart

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8 p.m.
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
  • $45 - $60

I can’t recall it being programmed in San Diego. Now, it is completely possible that the Jupiter was programmed in the past 10 years and I simply missed it. That would make more sense than for it to not be performed.

I now have my chance at Mainly Mozart’s Drive-In concert on Thursday, October 22, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Granted, a drive-in format isn’t ideal but I’ll take whatever I can get at this point.

I’m referring to Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony but it would be more accurate to call it his Symphony No. 41. The Jupiter moniker arrived long after Mozart’s death.

Video:

Performed by the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Jarvi

Here’s the crazy thing. It’s not clear if Mozart ever heard this symphony performed live. Mozart composed his Symphonies Nos. 39, 40, and 41 during the summer of 1788. He completed No. 39 on June 26, No. 40 on July 25, and No. 41 on August 10.

This rapid succession has led some to theorize that these three symphonies are actually one meta-composition. Mozart could have been composing them for a series of concerts that never materialized.

My relationship with No. 41 started in the summer of 1990, 202 years after it was written. I had a cassette tape with No. 40 on one side and No. 41 on the other. I also had a job cleaning the Bureau of Land Management in Medford, Oregon. We called it “The BLM”.

Every weekday night I would vacuum for hours and hours and listen to that cassette tape. I must have listened to both those symphonies at least 120 times over the course of that summer. I never got tired of it.

This might not make Mozart happy but if you want to get some work done around the house, I recommend the Jupiter Symphony as a soundtrack. It is, to me, a piece of music that signifies movement and activity.

The opening chords strike with an energy that is different from but no less impressive than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. In fact, Mozart’s No. 41 wasn’t surpassed in terms of scale and grandeur until Beethoven’s No. 3 which came 25 years later.

Mozart’s No. 41 is the quintessential classical symphony. Haydn may have exceeded Mozart with sheer numbers. Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 1 and 2 are substantial but the Jupiter Symphony rules them all.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Tasty trip to Tijuana

They have everything you’d expect, including my latest fave taco, octopus
Next Article

The “radical inclusiveness” of an openly LBGTQ+ pastor

To embrace the reality that faith is about action
Part of the Frankfurt orchestra playing the Jupiter Symphony
Part of the Frankfurt orchestra playing the Jupiter Symphony

I’ve never heard Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. Can you believe that? After all these years, it has avoided me. I’ve heard Mozart’s Haffner Symphony at least three times. I’ve heard his Symphony No 29 twice. I’ve a few other Mozart symphonies once but the Jupiter, not at all.

Past Event

Classical In Your Car: Mainly Mozart

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8 p.m.
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
  • $45 - $60

I can’t recall it being programmed in San Diego. Now, it is completely possible that the Jupiter was programmed in the past 10 years and I simply missed it. That would make more sense than for it to not be performed.

I now have my chance at Mainly Mozart’s Drive-In concert on Thursday, October 22, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Granted, a drive-in format isn’t ideal but I’ll take whatever I can get at this point.

I’m referring to Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony but it would be more accurate to call it his Symphony No. 41. The Jupiter moniker arrived long after Mozart’s death.

Video:

Performed by the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Jarvi

Here’s the crazy thing. It’s not clear if Mozart ever heard this symphony performed live. Mozart composed his Symphonies Nos. 39, 40, and 41 during the summer of 1788. He completed No. 39 on June 26, No. 40 on July 25, and No. 41 on August 10.

This rapid succession has led some to theorize that these three symphonies are actually one meta-composition. Mozart could have been composing them for a series of concerts that never materialized.

My relationship with No. 41 started in the summer of 1990, 202 years after it was written. I had a cassette tape with No. 40 on one side and No. 41 on the other. I also had a job cleaning the Bureau of Land Management in Medford, Oregon. We called it “The BLM”.

Every weekday night I would vacuum for hours and hours and listen to that cassette tape. I must have listened to both those symphonies at least 120 times over the course of that summer. I never got tired of it.

This might not make Mozart happy but if you want to get some work done around the house, I recommend the Jupiter Symphony as a soundtrack. It is, to me, a piece of music that signifies movement and activity.

The opening chords strike with an energy that is different from but no less impressive than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. In fact, Mozart’s No. 41 wasn’t surpassed in terms of scale and grandeur until Beethoven’s No. 3 which came 25 years later.

Mozart’s No. 41 is the quintessential classical symphony. Haydn may have exceeded Mozart with sheer numbers. Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 1 and 2 are substantial but the Jupiter Symphony rules them all.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

John Ashbery: classmate to Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara

Poems with disjunction of syntax, a prevalence of puns, whimsy and wit
Next Article

San Diego Reader's Best Of issue

Best place for locals, best day drinking park, local seafood, the Athenaeum, before the Casbah re-opens, Pocket Beach, Horsethief Canyon, a bonsai best, San Diego buses
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close