SCHUBERT SYMPHONY Nº7 "UNFINISHED" Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble MARC MINKOWSKI dir. LIVE I / II
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In 1823, the Graz Music Society gave Schubert an honorary diploma. He felt obliged to dedicate a symphony to them in return, and provided to his friend Anselm Hüttenbrenner, who was a representative of the society, a score he had written in 1822. This much is known.
What is not known, and will almost certainly never be known, is how much of the symphony Schubert wrote, and how much of what he did write he gave to Hüttenbrenner. The following exists: the first two movements exist in full score, the first two pages of a scherzo in full score, and the remainder of the scherzo in piano score, but nothing of any fourth movement. A finale (fourth movement) in the home key (B minor) would have been the norm for any symphony written at that time, but there is no direct evidence that Schubert ever started work on this movement. It has been surmised that the Entr'acte from Rosamunde (written in B minor and with the same instrumentation as the symphony) was that fourth movemen