Symphonies and Their Meaning Volume 1

Symphonies and Their Meaning Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...is the most striking value of Schubert's career. All this, too, must bring with it a correction of the prevailing monstrous theory that genius involves abnormality. Symphony, B Minor. Unfinished.) (Allegro Moderato. Andante con moto.) The Unfinished Symphony is equally remarkable, whether viewed in the whole literature of music, or merely in the group of Schubert's works. In the first place, it is not, as 3 93 might be thought, his last work; it is in no way to be likened to the unfinished romances of great novelists. Yet, while written six years before the end of his short career, it seems, with perhaps one exception, absolutely his highest level, which he did not distantly approach for a long time. Then it is somehow strangely free from characteristic defects which troubled Schubert before and afterwards. Nay, it seems marked by the very qualities essential to the symphony which he most lacked elsewhere; so that, of all his nine symphonies, the unfinished, and the last, in C Major, are the only ones generally performed. The work begins in a way like nothing save some touches of Beethoven (in the third and in the seventh symphonies), where the bass mysteriously foreshadows the melody. It is, after all, the bass to which you must look for the symphonic quality. Schubert's lyric leaning is betrayed by a too frequent tendency to run into accompanied melody. But here Schubert, with all the contrast, shows his strong affinity for Beethoven. We cannot put him off as a mere lyricist. The legend-like melody in the bass strings: is preparatory. But the melody is too subtle for formal statement. First comes a quivering in the strings (with rhythmic bass), where somewhere an indefinable melody is hovering. But presently, like a royal...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794591
  • 9781236794598