Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Arriaga - Symphony in D Major
Arriaga completed his studies at the Conservatory after only three years and immediately wrote three string quartets for publication. He also became an associate professor under the guidance of his teacher at the Conservatory. He wrote the Symphony in D major in 1825 while still in Paris. It was the only symphony he wrote, and the work reflects the stylistic trends he learned about in his studies.
The symphony is said to be in D major, but in the first movement the composer uses D minor as much as the major. The final movement also doesn't establish the dominance of the principle key of D major, a unique thing for a symphony written at the time.
Arriaga died of a lung ailment, exhaustion, or both in Paris when he was 19 years old.