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The cycle of the Schubert symphonies concludes with the Symphony No. 9 in C major.

Arguably the musical center of the continent in the early 19th century, Vienna was home to both Schubert and Beethoven, and this symphony represented the avant garde of that time and place -- except that no one ever knew it. The autograph sat in a pile of manuscripts at a local musical club for a dozen years. Finally, Robert Schumann was shown the score. He took it to Leipzig and showed it to Felix Mendelssohn, who looked at it goggle-eyed and gave the premiere performance a few months later.

Last week in our cycle of the Schubert symphonies, we listened to the sixth symphony - written on the cusp of the Classical and Romantic periods by the 21-year-old composer.

This week we come to one of the most famous symphonies of them all, Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, the Unfinished Symphony.

Why was it unfinished --- and what happened to Symphony No. 7?

These are both good questions, and they have been debated by musicologists for nearly 200 years. We'll add our two cents' worth this Thursday night.

Lights Out Project
Lights Out Project

Start your 4th of July celebration on Friday with a Live In Studio Session featuring The Lights Out Project. Jason Noon and his band will light up the airwaves with their island vibes and cool reggae sounds.

Live In Studio at WFIT is sponsored by Intracoastal Brewing Company.

We begin a series of concerti grossi by Antonio Vivaldi this week. The twelve little gems that comprise l'Estro Armonico were the first of his works to be published, and they spread his fame around various musical centers of Europe in the early 1700s. We'll look at some of the implications of that in upcoming weeks.

Paris at the turn of the century was a cauldron for the modern arts.

In music, there were three composers in particular, Debussy, Ravel, and Satie, who are now recognized as leading figures in what we call the Impressionistic School -- although they were not all that happy with that label.

We'll look at some of the work of these three -- pieces that helped to advance musical style past the 19th century Romanticism that was by now becoming rather tired.

Then we'll continue with the fifth in the series of the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert.

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