Work: Moment musical no 3 in F minor
About This Work
The title Moments musicaux (D. 780) was not Schubert's own, and is perhaps inappropriate. One might reasonably conclude that these are not really "moments" of music at all, for some of the six pieces last more than five or six minutes. When
we consider that the original publisher's title was the horrible grammatical calamity "Momens musicals," the idea that Schubert might have come up with or even approved the title becomes wholly unbelievable. However, by July 1828, when the Moments musicaux were published, Schubert was in no position to argue such matters -- not only was he absolutely destitute, he was also fighting a losing battle for his very life.
The Moments musicaux were composed during 1827 and 1828, the third and the sixth pieces, which were written during 1823 and 1824, excepted. Each is composed in a sectional form, and many are dances of some kind.
The third Moment musical was composed in 1823. It has something of an Eastern European tang to it, and as a result the publisher originally tacked the label "Air Russe" to it.
-- All Music Guide
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