Symphony No. 6 (Schubert)

The Symphony No. 6 in C major, D 589,[1] is a symphony by Franz Schubert composed between October 1817 and February 1818.[2] Its first public performance was in Vienna in 1828. It is nicknamed the "Little C major" to distinguish it from his later Ninth Symphony, in the same key, which is known as the "Great C major".


The symphony is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets (in C), two bassoons, two horns (in C), two trumpets (in C), timpani (in C and G) and strings.


There are four movements:

  1. Adagio, 3
    Allegro, 2
    (392 bars)
  2. Andante, 2
    in F major (134 bars)
  3. Scherzo: Presto (170 bars); Trio: Piu lento (Trio in E major) (80 bars), 3
  4. Allegro moderato, 2
    (564 bars)
(The true marking is fzp rather than fp, but that is not available in LilyPond as implemented on Wikipedia.)

A typical performance lasts around 32 minutes.


  1. ^ "Catalog of Works by Franz Schubert". Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  2. ^ Brown, A. Peter, The Symphonic Repertoire (volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), pp. 609–615 (2002).

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