Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in c “Tragic”
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. Schubert was about 19 when he completed his Tragic Symphony, and like most of his music, it was premiered long after its completion. The “Tragic” Symphony by Franz Schubert, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.