F. Schubert – Symphony No. 4 “Tragic” in C minor, D. 417 Conductor – Nikolaus Harnoncourt
- Adagio molto – Allegro vivace
- Andante in A flat major
- Menuetto. Allegro vivace – Trio in E flat major
The Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417, commonly called the Tragic (German: Tragische), was composed by Franz Schubert in April 1816. It was completed one year after the Third Symphony, when Schubert was 19 years old. However, the work was premiered only on November 19, 1849, in Leipzig, more than two decades after Schubert’s death.
The title Tragic is Schubert’s own. It was added to the autograph manuscript some time after the work was completed. It is not known exactly why he added the title, but the work is one of only two symphonies (the Unfinished Symphony is the other) which Schubert wrote in a minor key.