In his three final symphonies, nos. 39, 40 and 41 Mozart created three of the crowning masterpieces of Classical symphonic writing, works that differ from one another in every aspect, even instrumentation. It is as though Mozart wanted to display the entire spectrum of the artistic means at his disposal.
Mozart composed his three final symphonies in the summer of 1788 for a series of subscription concerts, months before he died at age 36 in early 1789. He completed the last symphony, no. 41 within a two-week period.
In an enigmatic reference in a letter he wrote to his friend and lodge brother, Michael Puchberg, Mozart said he composed the symphonies for the three “academies in the casino.”
I have been seeing my current therapist since February 28, 2019, about a year. I have tentatively decided to stop seeing her at the end of the month. The three letters I wrote about my therapy sessions on January 23, January 30, and February 6, 2020 may well be my last. They are my crowning achievement.
January 23, 2020
January 30, 2020
February 6, 2020