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Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82

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In the First Symphony in D major (D. 82) there are clear influences from Beethoven's Second and Third Symphonies; the transparent orchestration and the formal clarity refer to Mozart and Haydn. It is interesting to note that the slow introduction of the first movement is included in the reprise.

In the orchestration of the Trio we note a 'rustic', genuinely Mozartian doubling of the violin part in the lower octave by the bassoon, often to be found in the later works.

This symphony was completed on the 28th of October 1813 and was dedicated to the director of the Konvikt, Dr. Franz Innozenz Lang. It was most probably first performed by the orchestra of the Konvikt, although it was not published until 1884 as part of the complete edition.

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