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][4][5]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. The score calls for double woodwinds, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani and strings.[3]


  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

\relative c'' {
  \tempo "Adagio"
  \key e \minor
  \time 2/2
  g2\pp (fis) | a (g) | b (ais4 b8. cis16) | d4 (cis) <b b'>->~\fz <b b'>8 r\fermata

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

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.[citation needed]



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