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Fantasia in F Minor

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)



Schubert's Fantasia in F Minor, originally written for piano for four hands, was scored for orchestra by Felix Mottl. The first theme is heard in the clarinet with string accompaniment. It is then taken in the flute and oboe. The first violins and flute next take it and lead up to the announcement of a subsidiary passage in the strings, with woodwinds, horns, kettledrums and trumpet accompaniment. After development, the first theme returns in the clarinet. Further development leads to the second theme in the strings, woodwinds and horns. A transition passage leads to a slow movement in which both themes are treated. This is followed by an Allegro vivace, which is worked up in Scherzo form, followed by a return of the first movement in the clarinet with string accompaniment. Most elaborate development leads to a climax, followed by the first theme and a short Coda.





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