Franz Ignaz Beck was a German violinist, composer, conductor and music teacher who spent the greater part of his life in France. Beck is an important representative of the second generation of the so-called Mannheim school. His fame rests on his 24 symphonies that are among the most original and striking of the pre-Classical period. He was one of the first composers to introduce the regular use of wind instruments in slow movements and put an increasing emphasis on thematic development.
Here is the first movement of Beck's Sinfonia Op.1 No.3 in A major. The sinfonia is in three movements but I thought that the second and third movements where not very good! However, I did like this first movement so I hope you find it useful!
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