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The second movement English horn solo was later turned into the spiritual "Goin' Home"
Dvorak 9th "From the New World"
This Russian symphony is composed in the style of Haydn and contains an extremely short gavotte
Prokofiev 1st "Classical"
The opening motif of the first movement begins with an ascending tritone in the strings
The fourth movement soprano soloist sings about a child's view of heaven
The opening motif is based on the phrase "Frei aber froh", or "free but happy"
The second movement is a "limping waltz" in 5/4 time and the first movement quotes from Orthodox chant
Tchaikovsky 6th "Pathétique"
The fourth movement fugue is based on the note sequence C-D-F-E
Mozart 41st "Jupiter"
This one-movement symphony unusually presents all themes in C major while almost constantly changing tempi
The third movement prominently features the tune Frère Jacques and klezmer-inspired melodies
The second movement allegretto in A minor has a long-short-short-long-long rhythm
The first movement quotes from the William Tell Overture and the fourth features Wagner's "Fate" leitmotif
The fourth movement prominently features a "battle" between two timpanis that change pitch during the passage
Nielsen 4th "Inextinguishable"
One melodic motive prominently features a grupetto while another uses the "gypsy" scale
The first movement opens with an E-flat major hemiola rhythm and the fourth is inspired by a cathedral
Schumann 3rd "Rhenish"
The slow introduction to the first movement opens with a dotted ascending D-A
Haydn 104th "London"
The second movement contains a cymbal crash, supposedly at the moment the composer heard of Wagner's death
The fifth movement "Dream of a Witch's Sabbath" prominently quotes the Dies Irae
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
The fourth movement features snap rhythms reminiscent of the title region
Mendelssohn 3rd "Scottish"
The C major first movement opens with an applied dominant chord and is sometimes called a "musical joke"
Each movement is preceded by the reading of a line of poetry, such as "Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime"
Vaughan Williams 7th "Sinfonia Antartica"
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