Large symphony in C major (thrust ore)

the large symphony in C major, D 944, is the last symphony, which composed Franz thrust ore.

The work carries the No. after current conditions of the research in the series of thrust RTS symphonies. 8. This was not always like that: first the symphony became as No. 7 counted, later than No. 9. Also on many CD publications it carries as far as today the No. 9. Details see under history. To the distinction of thrust RTS 6. Symphony, which likewise stands in C major, but only well half of the performance duration has, carries the symphony for the surnames “the large one”.

description of work

the symphony consists of 4 sentences:

  1. Andante - Allegro mA non troppo
  2. Andante con moto
  3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio
  4. final. Allegro vivace

performance duration: approx. 50 min.


the time of origin of the large C major symphony lay long time in the dark. On the title page of the manuscript the year is indicated “1828”, to thrust RTS death year.

Already in the year 1825 thrust ore later worked as can be prove in the summer-resort in Gmunden and in bath Gastein on a symphony in C major. This, also as Gmunden Gasteiner designated symphony, remained verschollen however also after researching for many decades, so that soon myths climbed around the work. Only into the 1970er could be proven that the dating of the autograph originally read 1825, then however on 1828 changed became to probably move in order the Viennese society of the music friends a performance of the new work. This performance did not come off however.

Only 1839 discovered Robert Schumann the score and recognized immediately its artistic meaning. It inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy for the work, that it to 21. March 1839 in the context of the Leipziger of garb house concerts for premiere brought. The symphony became generally accepted however only slowly.

The score was printed for the first time 1849. The symphony became first as No. 7 counted, there at this time the symphony in h-Moll, developed in former times, which was not yet found “unfinished ones”. The h-Moll-symphony received then first the No. 8.

In order to arrange the “large C major symphony” nevertheless still chronologically, it became later in No. 9 umnummeriert, whereby one alternatively the sketches for a symphony in E major (D 729) or the Gmunden Gasteiner symphony as No. 7 took in account.

Only the newest edition of the German listing made 1978 with the different confusing countings conclusion, and sorted the C major symphony in accordance with the order finally as No. 8.


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