Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 – “Unfinished,” I: Allegro Moderato

Symphony No. 8 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) is known as the Unfinished Symphony. He completed the first two movements, but a third was left to sit as a work-in-progress for six years until he died at age 31.

Despite his short life, the Austrian composer wrote seven full symphonies, over 600 vocal works, plus operas, chamber music and sacred music in the late classical and early romantic eras. Musicologists seem to be at odds in their theories as to why he left his 8th symphony incomplete, with some believing it was due to illness.

The piece came to mind today as I think about how I am we all are “unfinished” as there is always more learning and growing to do in our lives, more challenges to meet, more fun to have.

So while I set off this morning to do some of that learning and growing (and hopefully with some fun), I’ll leave you with this piece of music to enjoy.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here.

Here’s the audio for the first movement (Allegro moderato) recorded in 1984 by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner (1924-2016). He formed the chamber ensemble in London, England in 1958.

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