Schubert Unfinished Symphony in B minor 1st movement

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Shubert Unfinished symphony in B MINOR 1st movement
Melody and accompaniment
Sonata form ­ plays with listener expectations and changes up sonata form
Structure is SONATA FORM with a Coda
1st Subject B Minor
2nd Subject G Major (relatively Distant)
Recapitulation D major (as opposed to B minor)
Exposition 1st subject - Tonic B minor
2nd subject - Submediant G major (distant)
Development Subdominant E minor
Recapitulation 1 subject - tonic
B minor
2nd subject ­ relative D major (unusual should
major be b minor)
Coda B minor
Romantic music
Challenging instrument technology
Larger and extended pitches
Piano playing sustained pedal
Extremes of dynamics
Big orchestra
Romantics liked power and flamboyancy
Large orchestras to fill large halls
there were large audiences as it was popular to be composing symphonies
Expression is crucial
Use of vibrato
Use of rubato
Increased size of ensemble (to make music louder)
Thicker textures
More flamboyant
Increased brass and wind sections (more power)
Shubert trumpets could play chromatically making them more useful for melody.
Writing for instrument families ­ each family has a role
Became ill before finishing the symphony, Typical romantic tragedy ­ the life of a
talented artist cut short before he could realise his potential Became well known
after his death

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3 trombones was an unusual number ­ add weight, effect and provide chords
for harmonic structure.
Double bass has more of an independent part than in Baroque music, similar
to trombones it add textures with the low timbre.
The cello and double bass set the scene for the movement making us strain
our ears to hear the quiet beginning. ENTICING LISTENER
The woodwind instruments are doubled and support the harmonies.…read more


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