Menuetto: Allegro molto
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In the first post dedicated to Schubert’s 5th symphony, we briefly touched on the Mozartian influences on Schubert’s musical upbringing and the similarities that Mozart’s G minor symphony, in particular, has with Schubert’s 5th. Well, if there was any more need for some proof in this respect, that would come with this 3rd movement.
From the G minor key to the opening triad in arpeggio to the chromatism, the similarities are under everyone’s eyes. Except for the tempo: Mozart’s is an Allegretto while Schubert’s is an Allegro molto. This, despite the title, gives it more the flair of a scherzo rather than an 18th-century courtly Menuet.
The first section ends on a classic Bb. The second section starts naturally in the same key but the most interesting part here is the morphing of the theme. Its mood changes completely: we move from a very strong and assertive forte of the opening to a rather gentle and soft version of it
The 4+4 bars question and answer go on a couple of times, moving down a third
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Newbould, Schubert and the Symphony: A New Perspective, pp.110-111