Franz Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder 1875

Wilhelm August Rieder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This week’s instalment of Music Monday is Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8 in B minor. (You’ll want to turn up the volume, the music starts very quietly, but gets louder fairly quickly.)

I first heard this piece of music in 1991 when I was on a student exchange to Germany. I attended school there and, in music class, we listened to classical music and discussed the music. I was largely unfamiliar with classical music at the time and this piece really worked for me. I really didn’t follow most of the discussions (they were about classical music in German), but I got to listen to the piece quite a lot.

I think I like the first movement (Allegro moderato in B minor) the most and picture it as the opening to a murder mystery movie. It seems to like a real “dark and stormy night” kind of opening. The rest of the piece is somewhat lighter. I’m not sure how it fits into my movie, but I’m sure I can work something out.