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Evening Masterwork: Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphony

Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert Evening Masterwork

No one really knows why Franz Schubert subtitled his Fourth Symphony “tragic:” some believe it was perhaps an attempt to attract a publisher, or maybe because it’s the first symphony he wrote in a minor key. Regardless, only the opening movement of the symphony has a sense of tragedy. The rest is actually rather non-tragic in character. We’ll hear it tonight at 7: Our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.

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