Sunday Concert: Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Schubert Symphony No 3 D major

Schubert as a youth - sketch 150x197Two months after he’d completed his second Symphony the youthful Schubert began work on his third Symphony –  the D major symphony (D. 200). He finished it three months later. It’s a very concise and clearly outline piece that’s scored for an orchestra with pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets and drums, with strings. Its Haydenesque slow opening is followed by an Allegro con brio in which wind instruments anounce the subjects, there’s some pleasingly imaginative writing here before the clarinet introduces the recapitulation. The second movement (G major Allegretto) starts with a gentle melody carried by the strings, the flute and woodwinds join in before the second theme is proffered by a clarinet in C this second theme is overtaken by the returning first section. The third movement is a  Minuet that closely resembles a scherzo with the oboe, bassoon, and strings leading us through one of the Ländler folk dances so popular at the time. The final movement is an energetic tarantella during which Schubert makes heavy use of the rising scale figures that have been heard throughout the symphony. It’s played below by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel. Enjoy :-).


Video Source: Schubert Symphony No 3 D major Maazel Bavarian RSO – YouTube Published on 22 Jan 2013 by HaydnHouse04Mar1887

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