An Efficiency Consultant Gave His Critique of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony
An efficiency consultant gave his critique of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony:
- All 12 violins played the same notes. This is unnecessary duplication. Their number should be cut.
- For a considerable period oboe players had nothing to do. Their number should be reduced and their work spread evenly among other staff.
- No useful purpose is served by repeating with horns the passage that was already handled by the strings. If such redundancies were eliminated, the concert could be cut 20 minutes.
- The symphony has two movements. Mr. Schubert should have been able to achieve his musical goals in one.
Conclusion: If Mr. Schubert had paid attention to these matters, he would have had time to finish the symphony.