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Schubert, Franz

Symphony in E (D 729), orchestral score elaborated by John Francis Barnett, reconstructed from the original orchestral parts, arranged and edited by Joseph Kanz (first print)

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Schubert, Franz – Symphony in E (D 729), orchestral score elaborated by John Francis Barnett, reconstructed from the original orchestral parts, arranged and edited by Joseph Kanz (first print)

The fate of this symphony, composed in 1821, could yield the stuff of a novel. The fascinating score, a complete sketch (1304 bars on 84 folios) but unfortunately only fragmentarily completed, was donated to Felix M e n d e l s s o h n B a r t h o l d y in 1846 by S c h u b e r t ’s brother Ferdinand. After Mendelssohn’s untimely death in 1847 his brother Paul donated the score in 1861 to the English musicologist Sir George G r o v e. After Sir Arthur S u l l i v a n had abandoned the task of completion, Grove then made the score available to John Francis B a r n e t t, who finally succeeded in producing a complete version suitable for performance.
He prepared a copy of Schubert’s score in red ink, whereas his additions and annotations were written in black ink. Barnett’s version was first performed on May 5 th , 1883 at the Crystal Palace in London by A u g u s t M a n n s’ O r c h e s t r a . Breitkopf & Härtel (Leipzig) published, engraved and printed Barnett’s reduction for Piano (2 hands) in 1885; it has survived in many libraries. In his Schubert Catalogue, Ernst D e u t s c h assigned the number D 729 to the work. …

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