Movement 1: Adagio – Allegro moderato
Movement 2: [Allegretto]
Since the sketch that follows begins on the next stave of the same sheet of music paper, it was at first assumed to represent a slow movement. It is in fact a finale: the character of the material suggests a gentle tempo similar to that of the finale of the sixth symphony, while the D major key (as for the first movement) also points to interpretation as a finale since Schubert, observing a time-honoured tradition, never set a symphonic slow movement in the same key as his first movement. The feline grace of the first theme gives way to thoughts of almost balletic inspiration. Perhaps the composer came to feel that such fluent geniality, which would not have been out of place in the Sixth, did not accord with current progressive aspirations, for the lightly-accompanied return of the first theme, as in a rondo, breaks off tantalizingly in mid-course.
from notes by Brian Newbould © 1997