Symphony in D (Voříšek)

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The Symphony in D major, Op. 24, is the only work in this genre by the Bohemian-born composer Jan Václav Voříšek. He wrote it in 1821 at age 30; he died young, at only 34.

The dedication to Aloys von Fuchs was inscribed in the composer's own hand on 14 April 1823.[1]

It is scored for a standard classical orchestra typical of late Haydn or early Beethoven symphonies: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings.[2] Indeed, it has often been compared to early Beethoven, although it was written only six years before that master's death, 16 months after Voříšek. He was a friend of Schubert and may well have been influenced by that composer as well.

The Symphony in D is Voříšek's most famous work, and is the first major Czech contribution to the 19th century symphonic literature.[3]

The movements are:

  • Allegro con brio
  • Andante
  • Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo
  • Finale: Allegro con brio.[2]


The Symphony in D has been recorded by:


  1. ^ Antony Hodgson, Liner notes from Unicorn recording: New Philharmonia Orchestra under Michael Bialoguski
  2. ^ a b IMSLP
  3. ^

External links[edit]

Performance of the Symphony by Slovak Sinfonietta, conducted Peter Vronský, (Indian Summer in Levoča Festival, 2011), on YouTube.