By the way, everyone know the lyrics to Tchaikovsky’s Fifth? Some from this website, and some Amanda learned in her horn-playing days:
1st movement, motto theme: “Who’s got the key to the sh*t-house?” (Alternative: “This is the Fifth of Tchaikovsky…)
2nd movement: “I am a horn player, this is my solo…”
3rd movement: “Once I was a virgin,/Now I am a whore,/Once I went for sixpence,/Now I go for more…” (Must be British musicians coming up with these.)
4th movement: motto theme again.
Have a listen if you’re not convinced (Mravinsky’s filmed performance is here).
If you think these lyrics are bad, have a look at Sigmund Spaeth’s Great Symphonies: How to Recognize and Remember Them (1936); well worth a look here.
One example, Schumann’s Third Symphony (the “Rhenish”): “Rhineland, lovely Rhineland, super-fine land!”
But oh, for a time when people thought it necessary to even indulge in such an exercise!
Schumann’s Third here (the stunning venue is the Frauenkirche in Dresden, built 1743, destroyed 1945, rebuilt 2005):