Shostakovich - The Plan of the Symphony

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- The expected plan of a classical symphony is of four movements, with a minuet or scherzo and a slow movementplaced between two quick movements.

- Commonly, all movements are in the tonic key except for the sloe movement, which uses the darker subdominant key.

- The four movements of Shostakovich's symphony outline a D major triad (D-A-F#-D).

- All four movements are in the minor mode, but the insistance on optimism in approved Soviet works made…


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