‘Symphony No. 9 in D Major’

Symphony No. 9 in D Major – Introduction

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work

Date(s) of composition: 1909-10; published by Universal Editions, Vienna (1912)
Place(s) of composition: Toblach and New York
Premiere: Vienna, 26 June 1912, Bruno Walter conducting

Orchestration: piccolo, 4 flutes, 4 oboes (4th doubling with English horn), 3 clarinets, clarinet in E-flat, bass clarinet, 4 bassoons (4th doubling with contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass tuba, timpani (2 players), bass drum, small drum, triangle, cymbals, tam-tam, glockenspiel, 3 deep bells, harp and strings.

Movements:
(1) Andante comodo
(2) Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb
(3) Rondo-Burleske / Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
(4) Adagio

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
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Symphony No. 9 in D Major – First Movement

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work


Tempo: andante comodo
Key: d major/minor with a third subject in b-flat major and various excursions into a variety of keys
Time Signature: 4/4
Form: sonata with rondo elements

Symphony No. 9 in D Major – Second Movement

Friday, December 31st, 2010

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The Work


Tempo: Im Tempo Eines Gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas Täppisch Und Sehr Derb. (In the tempo of an easy-going ländler; somewhat clumsy and very coarse).
Key: C Major, with Tempo II waltz theme in E major and E-flat major and Tempo III Ländler in F major, and various modulations.
Time Signature: 3/4
Form: Rondo (ABCBCABA Coda)

Symphony No. 9 in D Major – Third Movement

Friday, December 31st, 2010

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The Work


Tempo: Allegro Assai. Sehr Trotzig (Very Obstinate)
Key: A minor (with C sections in D) and various modulations (D minor, F major, D minor, A major, A-flat minor, etc.)
Time Signature: Alla Breve with subsidiary theme in 2/4.
Form: Rondo (ABA’B'A”CC’C”A”’ Coda)

Symphony No. 9 in D Major – Fourth Movement

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Listening Guide

The Work


Tempo: Sehr Langsam und Noch Zurückhaltend (very slow and yet held back); (Molto Adagio)
Key: D-flat major (subsidiary section first in D-flat minor, then in C-sharp minor) with a brief excursion into F-sharp major during the development
Time Signature: 4/4
Form: sonata form