‘Symphony No. 1 in D Minor’

Symphony No.1 in D Minor – Introduction

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work

Date(s) of Composition: 1884-1888; published 1899, revised 1906
Place of Composition: Kassel, Leipzig and Budapest
Premiere: 20 November 1889 in Budapest
Orchestration: 4 flutes (including piccolo), 4 oboes (including English horn), 4 clarinets in B, A and C (including bass clarinet in B and piccolo clarinet in E-flat), 3 bassoons (including contrabassoon), 7 horns, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, bass tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tam-tam, harp and strings
Performers: Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Leonard Bernstein
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Symphony No.1 in D Minor – First Movement

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work

Tempo: Langsam. Schleppend (“Wie Ein Naturlaut”); Immer Sehr Gemächlich (Slowly. Dragging (Like The Sound Of Nature); Always Very Relaxed)
Key: D Minor, D Major
Time Signature: 4/4 And Alla Breve (Cut-Time)
Form: Modified Sonata With Introduction And Coda.

Symphony No.1 in D Minor – Blumine Movement

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work

Tempo: Andante Alegretto (Sic)
Key: C Major (With A Middle Section In A Minor)
Time Signature: 4/4
Form: ABA

Symphony No.1 in D Minor – Second Movement

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work

Tempo: Kräftig Bewegt, Doch Nicht Zu Schnell (Powerfully Agitated, But Not Too Fast)
Key: A Major (Trio In F Major)
Time Signature: 3/4
Form: Scherzo And Trio

Symphony No.1 in D Minor – Third Movement

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work

Tempo: Feierlich Und Gemessen, Ohne Zu Schleppen (Solemn And Measured But Not Too Dragging)
Key: D Minor, Trio In G-Flat, Reprise Of March In E-Flat Minor
Time Signature: 4/4
Form: ABACABA

Symphony No.1 in D Minor – Fourth Movement

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work

Tempo: Stürmisch Bewegt (With Stormy Agitation). Energisch. Mit Grosser Wildheit (Energetic. With Great Fury)

Key: F Minor/D-Flat; Numerous Keys During Development (G Minor; C Major; D Major, F Major/Minor) Ending In D Major (B-Flat To D Major)
Time Signature: Alla Breve (With 4/4 During The Return Of Symphony’s Introduction)
Form: Expanded Sonata Form