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Please listen to about 8 seconds starting here:

I believe this is a reference to another classical piece, probably something more famous, maybe by Beethoven, maybe another piece by Schubert.

Can you help identifying the other piece?

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  • What do you mean, the form? It's a rondo form, ABACA to be exact. There are other famous pieces using such a form, like Fur Elise by Beethoven and Mozart's Sonata K.311. – Mast Mar 28 at 15:36
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    @xhienne actually you'll find that most national anthems were composed for the purpose in the 19th or 20th century. Some use older tunes, and some are composed anonymously. That a composer is not famous or is anonymous does not prevent a tune from being classical music. The anthem with the most famous composer is that of Germany, composed by Haydn. – phoog Mar 30 at 13:30
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    @phoog And the EU anthem is by Beethoven: europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/symbols/anthem_en. – badjohn Apr 8 at 13:12
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    @badjohn of course. I didn't think of that one because the EU is not a country. It strikes me as a bit odd that they chose a tune with words and then say "there are no words to the anthem; it consists of music only." If they really wanted a tune with no words, which is an understandable goal, they should have chosen a tune with no words. – phoog Apr 8 at 14:41
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    @badjohn I am sure that in the choice between no words and lots of translations they made the right decision. They have enough trouble with all the legal translations they have to do (the English version of Directive 2004/38/EC contains a critical mistranslation or at least misuse of one term, for example). Translating poetry into another language while retaining the meter is notoriously difficult, and doing so into dozens of languages would be that much more so. – phoog Apr 8 at 15:18

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