The hallmarks of Franz Xaver Richter’s mature style are already evident in the Six Grandes
Symphonies published in 1744, several years before he joined the celebrated musical
establishment at the Mannheim court. The fast movements possess a driving intensity which
owes much of its power to the frequent employment of contrapuntal devices, while the slow
movements are rich in expressive harmonies and unexpected melodic twists. These symphonies
are the first of a set of twelve, originally published in Paris in two groups of six.
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