Symphony No. 7 (Schubert)

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Symphony No. 7 is the name given to a four-movement symphony in E major (D 729) drafted by Franz Schubert in August 1821. Although the work (which comprises about 1350 bars[1]) is structurally complete, Schubert only orchestrated the slow introduction and the first 110 bars of the first movement. The rest of the work is, however, continued on 14-stave score pages as a melodic line with occasional basses or counterpoints, giving clues as to changes in orchestral texture.

Schubert seems to have laid the symphony aside in order to work on his opera Alfonso und Estrella, and never returned to it. The manuscript was given by Schubert's brother Ferdinand to Felix Mendelssohn and was subsequently acquired by Sir George Grove, who bequeathed it to the Royal College of Music in London. There are at least three completions - by John Francis Barnett (1881), Felix Weingartner (1934) and Brian Newbould (1980).[2][3] The work is now generally accepted to be Schubert's Seventh Symphony,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] an appellation which some scholars had preferred to leave for the chimerical 'Gastein Symphony' that was long believed to have been written and lost in 1824.

This symphony is scored for an even larger orchestral force than Schubert's eighth and ninth symphonies, having three trombones and four horns included.


  1. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Scherzo: Allegro deciso
  4. Allegro vivace
  1. Adagio - Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Scherzo: Allegro
  4. Allegro giusto

Unlike almost all movements in sonata form, there are no explicit transitions between sections in the Allegro. In both the opening and final movements, the statement of the first theme is elided from the recapitulation.


  1. ^ a b "Oxford Journals > Humanities > Music and Letters > Volume 74, Issue 3 > Pp. 482-483., Schubert, Franz, Symphony No. 7 in E major (D729): full score, ed. Brian Newbould. (The University of Hull Press, 1992, £24.95. ISBN 0-85958-471-2.)". Oxford Journals. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b Newbould, Brian. "Franz Schubert Symphony No. 10 in D Major/ Sinfonie Nr. 10 in D-Dur (Faber Edition), Realisation: Brian Newbould". Faber Music Ltd. p. iii in "Introduction" of this full score. Retrieved 2013-04-30. The 'realised' and orchestrated versions now put forward were originally completed in 1980 and offered as part of such an exercise. 
  3. ^ a b "Album Reviews, SCHUBERT, F.: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra, Marriner)". Jeff Simon of The Buffalo News on Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  4. ^ a b "SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 7 (arr. F. Weingartner from 1821 sketches)". Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Franz Litschauer on 1952. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Symphony No. 7 in E major, D. 729 (arr. F. Weingartner from 1821 sketches)". Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Rogner on Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Template:Symphonies (Schubert, Franz)". ClassicalComposers on 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Schubert: Symphony no 7". Gabriel Chmura, Berlin Radio Symphony on cd Universe. 1992-08-13. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Schubert: Symphony no 7 (D729) in E major, Duration: 34:31". Ulster Orchestra on BBC. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  9. ^ "Lorin Maazel offers a stimulating account of all the Schubert symphonies." Stephen Smoliar on 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-27.

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