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Symphony No.9 in C - Great - 1st movement Schubert Help Opus Details
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This symphony, The Great, is Schubert's orchestral masterpiece. He wrote it in 1828, the year of his death at only 31 years of age. Schubert never heard it performed, as the manuscript was only discovered 11 years after his death, by Schumann, in Schubert's brother's house. Mendelssohn subsequently gave its first performance in 1840. It is rhythmically vigorous, full of good tunes, and uses the brass section of the orchestra to the full, which had not been done so much in the classical period.

A majestic horn theme opens Schubert's 'Great' Symphony, and forms the basis for the slow introduction. Then the start of the allegro is played by the strings, with a vigourous rhythmic pattern used throughout the rest of the movement. Using the same rhythm, a new soaring passage on the violins becomes the first subject theme of this movement. Then the second subject of the movement, announced by bassoons and oboes, marks an abrubt change of key into E minor
Category: Symphony Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   C Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    This majestic horn theme opens Schubert's 'Great' Symphony, and forms the basis for the slow introduction.

2    This is the start of the allegro, after the slow introduction. It is played by the strings, with a vigourous rhythmic pattern used throughout the rest of the movement.

3    Using the same rhythm, this soaring passage on the violins is the first subject theme of this movement.

4    This second subject of the movement, announced by bassoons and oboes, marks an abrubt change of key into E minor
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