The cello part for Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 (nicknamed the Great G Minor Symphony) has been edited by Jonathan Pegis, a cellist in the Chicago Symphony since 1986 and an active performer in the symphony's chamber music series.
Mozart's Symphony No. 40 is the second of his last three symphonies, a set he composed in rapid succession during the summer of 1788. Some consider the last three symphonies as a unified work. In particular, Symphony No. 40 functions as the middle work, having no introduction (unlike No. 39) and no large-scale finale (unlike No. 41). It is sometimes referred to as the Great G Minor Symphony, distinguishing it from Symphony No. 25, the Little G minor symphony. These two are the only symphonies Mozart wrote with a primary minor key, and the Great G Minor is unquestionably regarded as one of Mozart's greatest works.
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