Romantic Period - Early 19th Century#
Franz Schubert: Symphony in C major - "The Great"#
The dating of Franz Schubert's (1797 - Vienna - 1828) Großen
C-Dur Symphonie (Symphony in C major. The Great) has led to much
conjecture. He probably started the composition in 1825 since he
dedicated it in 1826 to the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
(Friends of Music) in Vienna. They found it to difficult to perform
however. It wasn't printed until 1828 after Schubert had revised it.
The beginning of the work is typical Schubert: the first 8 bars present
an impressive melody played by only two horns - a combination that was
unheard-of for the beginning of a symphony. until then. Another
characteristic of this symphony is what was later called the totale
Durchfuehrung, (total development), i.e. the musical themes and
motives are unfolded in all parts of the movement from the beginning on
and not just limited to the development section. Thus there is an
over-all logical unity that goes beyond all formal considerations.
Illustration: A symphony concert in Schubert's day.
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