Symphony No. 3 E flat Major
"Rheinische", op. 97
Publisher: Schott Music
Duration: 28' 0''
Year of composition: 1850
Edition: score - complete edition
Series: Serie I Orchesterwerke: 1. Werkgruppe: Sinfonien - Band 3
Series: Robert Schumann - New Edition of Complete Works
364 Pages - Full-cloth binding
Order number: RSA 1003
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The title of this symphony goes back to the conductor W. J. von Wasielewski, alluding to the Rhenish cheerfulness of Düsseldorf where Robert Schumann had found a new home, although this goes against Schumann’s disapproval of programme music. The symphony was created
in only a few months, a fact commented on by the composer as being in harmony with Romantic aesthetics in art: ‘The faster, the better. The ﬂow of
ideas and train of thought are more real and more natural than with long reﬂection.’ This is the ﬁrst time that Schumann does not start a symphony with a slow introduction. The rhythmically distinctive ﬁrst movement, whose sonata form and optimism correspond with the ﬁfth movement, is followed by three rather slow middle movements, each of them arranged clearly in ABA form.
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