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Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish". Analysis by Gerard Schwarz (part 2)

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the second movement was initially called morning on the Rhine but like so many composers he eliminated the title and he felt oh the music should stand for itself it shouldn't need a title but these days it's always interesting for us not that we're gonna listen to this music and say oh I can see the Rhine River moving along and I certainly don't see that but I could see that one might see that anyway it does help us with the kind of ebb and flow of the way the movement should sound after the first theme quite beautiful repeated a few times then there this absolutely charming little section with bunch of short notes it's like a little fugue each voice comes in separately coming in and you have a soon and you have the cellos any of the violence that violas in the oboe everyone jumping in at different times with this staccato figure so we had the first section which is the Rhine melody then we have these short little notes in a little fugue and then he combines a chorale for the winds and horns with the short notes so the short notes become the accompaniment of this chorale section after that he leads us back to the recapitulation or the beginning of this absolutely magnificent and a little Kota comes it to it you you