Listening Log : The Symphony

Beethoven – Symphony 5 movement 1

Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony 5 movement 4

Camille Saint-Saens – Organ Symphony Movement 2

  1. Now that you have listened to a full movement of a symphony, why might you think that the symphony is the most important, and considered the most grand form of instrumental music, and how is that exemplified with what you just listened to?
  2. Were there any features in the example you selected which seemed out of the ordinary or surprised you? Did the movement meet your expectations of what you normally would see or hear at a symphony?