Symphony No. 6 (Schubert)

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The Symphony No. 6 in C major, D. 589,[1] is a symphony by Franz Schubert composed between October 1817 and February 1818.[2] Its first public performance was in Vienna in 1828. It is nicknamed the "Little C major" to distinguish it from his later Ninth Symphony, in the same key, which is known as the "Great C major".


There are four movements:

  1. Adagio, 3
    Allegro, 2
  2. Andante, 2
    in F major
  3. Scherzo: Presto; Trio: Piu lento (Trio in E major), 3
  4. Allegro moderato, 2

\relative c' {
  \tempo "Adagio"
  \key c \major
  \time 3/4
  c2.->\fp | <g' c e>4-.\f <f c' f>-. r | c2.->\fp | <c' fis>4-.\f <b g'>4-. r

(The true marking is fzp rather than fp, but that is not available in LilyPond as implemented on Wikipedia.)

A typical performance lasts around 32 minutes.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Brown, A. Peter, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), pp. 609–615 (2002).