Friday Musical Interlude: Mozartian

January 6th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

 Pronounced Mozart-eeean.  That’s how I’ve heard this initial movement of Schubert’s Fifth Symphony described. 

It’s extremely high praise, indeed, and should be used sparingly.  But I have to say I agree.  The thing about Mozart is that every note is perfectly chosen and there’s an efficiency to the writing that to devotees like myself equals perfection.

With this movement, I think Shubert gets as close as I’ve heard.  Don’t you love the counterpoint to the opening melody by the flutes at 0:27?

Anyway, have a great weekend.

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6 comments in reply to "Friday Musical Interlude: Mozartian"

  1. Greg says:

    And the conductor looks like he’s having a really bad time conducting. Very cool tune.


  2. the buckaroo says:

    …makes one feel quite humble & insignificant, doesn’t it.


  3. Frank Lynch says:

    I’m not going to watch the video at work, but I’ve always liked Schubert more than Mozart. As an aside, while they both died young, it’s been pointed out that if Mozart had died as young as Schubert, we’d be without The Magic Flute, the Requiem, the Clarinet Concerto, Symphonies 40 & 41 and much more. Leading to the question, what did we miss out on from Schubert for his not living as long as Mozart?


  4. Jean says:

    I agree with Greg, the conducting is a little painful to watch. But he takes it at a nice tempo.

    Schubert is usually thought of as a motivic composer, like Beethoven, but he spins the melodies out in this piece, as Mozart does. It’s cool ’cause, while he isn’t as good at developing a melodic composition as Mozart, nor as good at developing a motivic composition as Beethoven, in this piece he is able to do both really well and neither Beethoven nor Mozart had the skill to do both as well as Schubert.

    Definitely too bad he died so young. His ability to go to strange and amazing places harmonically would really be something to hear as he got older and more mature in his writing.

    Thanks, very nice.


    • Jared Bernstein says:

      What means “motivic?”


      • Jean says:

        Think of Beethoven’s 5th: ta-ta-ta-da. That is a motiv [motif]. So, Beethoven takes that one musical idea and develops it into a huge, beautiful symphonic movement. That is “motivic” writing at it’s most amazing.


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