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Review on Brahms's Third Symphony

Symphony No.3, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Op.90, F Major

Allegro con brio
Andante
Poco allegretto allegro Brahms was at the zenith of his powers when he wrote the third Symphony. He finished it during the summer of 1883, in Wiesbaden, whence in early May, soon after his fiftieth birthday. We can picture Brahms that summer, in the very prime of his life, his great intellectual and emotional powers fully developed and his mastery widely acknowledged, walking much about Wiesbaden, mediating the strong and happy music that is third symphony by Brahms.

None of the other three symphonies by Brahms is there a happy balance of freshness of
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Three phrases of the tune which was given to clarinets and bassoons, has its cadence echoed by low strings. Passages developed from the first theme then led gradually to its return in its original calm mood after a brief climax. A brief coda was made by a new and happy melody referring to the main theme.

The third movement was lighter than any of the other movements. But the middle section referred to the single note motive which was grown as symphony progressed.

With the finale the grand returned, peoples were at once concerned with weighty issues. The suspension was highly impressive making peoples feel something great impending. The themes were many and various. But they flowed from one to another smoothly. Then the movement was fully developed as the exuberant conclusion theme came out, fast and furiously. There also followed a series of developments some ingenious and some powerful. Then the movement went into end. The loud horn-proclamation died slowly through sublet changing harmonies, until by a modulation. Then the entire color and atmosphere of the music changed to half-light. The original halting form of the theme recurred briefly but only for a moment. With the development of the melody, in slow rhythm, soft entrances of four initial motives echoed from bass to treble leading to a timid but happy and confident reaffirmation of the motto from the first
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