Thursday, July 1, 2021
In this second song from Schubert’s „Die Winterreise“ (The Winter Journey), our subject reflects ironically on the symbolism of the weathercock, and shares his reason for leaving.Read more
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Beethoven of course had many talented contemporaries. But, Schubert, much Beethoven's junior in age, but who lived in the same city as Beethoven for over 30 years, was arguably the closest in spirit to Beethoven achieved by anyone. Beethoven himself indicated that Schubert was a genius. The wonderful serenade "Nachtgesang im Walde“ (Night Song in the Forest), for four horns and men’s chorus, was one of the pieces which Schubert composed for the concert which took place on the first anniversary of Beethoven’s death.
Monday, June 28, 2021
March 26, 1828 was the first anniversary of the death of Ludwig van Beethoven, and was also the date of the sole public concert given by Franz Schubert. Among the works premiered on that occasion was “Auf dem Strom” (On the River), a lovely song of farewell set for voice, piano, and horn. At the start of the second verse, Schubert subtly weaves in the “Funeral March” theme from Beethoven’s Third Symphony as a tribute to the great master. Schubert would himself pass away in November of that same year.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
It’s fairly certain that Schubert attended Beethoven’s grand concert or “Akademie” which took place May 7, 1824 in Vienna, where the Choral Symphony was first performed along with three movements from the Missa Solemnis. Schubert’s choral setting of “Die Allmacht” (D 875a) may have been a first draft for a choral finale to a new symphony of his own.Read more