Schubert’s Great C Major


Biography of a Symphony

Mark Devoto

October 15, 2011

126 pp.

1 illustrations

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Schubert is known to everyone as the composer of many of the worldпїЅs finest songs, but he also excelled as a composer of abundant instrumental music during his short life. The Symphony in C Major, D944, is his last and, in the opinion of many, his greatest work for orchestra. This short book surveys the symphonyпїЅs historical background in the context of SchubertпїЅs orchestral works from his earliest years as a composer as well as its performance history, and offers a detailed formal and tonal analysis of each of its four movements.


Music students, professional scholars, and ordinary listeners alike will find this book a valuable guide to one of the most beloved symphonies of all time.


Mark Devoto:


Composer and writer, taught at Reed College, the University of New Hampshire, and for 19 years at Tufts University before his retirement in 2000. An expert on harmony in the 20th century, he has written extensively on the music of Alban Berg and Claude Debussy (Debussy and the Veil of Tonality: Essays On His Music, Pendragon Press, 2004), and edited the revised 4th and 5th editions of Walter PistonпїЅs Harmony, an essential textbook. He lives in Medford, Massachusetts.