Unfinished business… The term itself causes my OCD tendencies to go haywire. There is a sort of bravery, a glorious abandon, in leaving business unfinished. And while most of the working world shudders at the admission that business will go unfinished, it happens quite often. Except for this post, which I will finish before my shift ends.
Anyways, and unsurprisingly, there are a great many pieces in the musical repertoire that remain unfinished. With the classical composers, constantly creating at a feverish rate, it’s understandable that some things would get left behind. Two of the most prolific of the great composers, Mozart and Schubert, were not immune to the curse of the unfinished, and this weekend our AU Symphony and Chorus will delve into two of the greatest unfinished works (an oxymoron?) in the classical repertoire.
Conducted by DPA professors Yaniv Dinur and Dan Abraham, the Symphony and Chorus will first tackle Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, an epic and ambitious mass that proved to be too much so for the composer, who left it unfinished when he died. The second is possibly the most famous unfinished piece of all, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, known as the “Unfinished Symphony.” Interestingly, after composing the first two movements, he simply never returned to it in the six years of his life that followed its composition.
Both pieces are revered, and are quite impressive even in their incomplete state. More impressive still are the implications: what was written was too great to be done up by any greater final movement. They gave it their all at the get-go. Come see the AUSO&C perform these pieces, as completely as possible, on Friday or Saturday night at 8 in Katzen. The event costs $15 to attend, but if you’re an AU community member you can get in for $10.