Personalities | Matthias Georg Monn | Classical Era | Classical

(Mat-te’-as Ga’-ôrg Mon) 1717–50
Austrian composer

Although he died at the middle of the century, Monn was an important figure in the development of the symphony. A Viennese (he was organist at the Karlkirche), he wrote some 21 symphonies, which make early use of the procedures of classical sonata form; all are in three movements except one, from 1740, which is probably the first four-movement symphony, with a minuet as third movement. His concertos, including seven for harpsichord and one for cello (of which Schoenberg made an arrangement), also foreshadow later classical forms. Monn’s brother J. C. Monn (1726–82) was also a composer.

Recommended Recording:
Cello Concerto in G Minor, Jacqueline Du Pré, LSO (dir) Sir John Barbirolli (EMI)

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