FRANZ SCHUBERT, Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished Symphony), First Movement- RHS Music Appreciation


This "unfinished" symphony is not Schubert's last work. He began writing it in 1822, when he was 25 years old, but never completed it, even though he lived six more years. The reason he didn't finish the symphony remains unknown. The symphony was to be a gift to a musical society which made Schubert (Jan. 31, 1797 - Nov. 19, 1828) an honorary member.

Ten years after Schubert's death, the composer Robert Schumann began studying Schubert's music and organized performances of his orchestral music. The performances were very successful and created tremendous interest in Schubert's music.

The Unfinished Symphony wasn't premiered until Dec. 17, 1865.

You must be able to answer the following questions:
Is this work in a Major or minor mode? How can you tell?

How does this piece differ from the Haydn example?

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