Shostakovich Symphony No5 - Movement 4


Fourth Movement

Returns to the home key of the symphony; D Minor. However it turns from Tonic Minor to Tonic Major at figure 131, this is simlilar to that of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler who have also written symphonies that began in a minor key and ended in a triumphant major.

  • Begins with a shrill D Minor opening with full Woodwind and full Brass.
  • The third movement has just finished in F# major.
  • First idea is split into 3 parts; X, Y and Z.
  • X=
  • Y=
  • Z=
  • Timp Ostinato underneath
  • Bar 6 - Shrill tonic and dominant chords with no 3rd (Woodwind)
  • At Figure 98 and bars following, 2 more melodic ideas are generated.
  • Faster tempo drives it
  • Repeated Quavers at figure 98 creates moving momentum from the horns
  • 2nd melodic at Figure 99 . Parts come from 1e in 1st Movement
  • Figure 100 - Tempo increases to create a frantic effect with motoristic quavers
  • Bar 20 - Driving semiquaver figuration. March theme in the Tuba - Menace and force
  • Figure 101 - Unsettling modulatin and tonality. Implies C minor
  • Bar 28-30 - Compared with movement 1 bar 142. Repetitive ostinato rhythms.
  • Figure 102 - Upper strings are in octaves and the rhythm almost seems displaced. Excitement is increased by the sequential movement.
  • Figure 103 - Variant of the march opening is heard on the flute, oboes and clarinet. Melody passes to a lower reister in strings and bassoons. Flattened Super Tonig…


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