July 1, 2013

Dear Members and Friends of the Sydney Schubert Society,


Our forthcoming Schubertiade 356 (August 25–2.30pm at St Peters Presbyterian Church) focuses on music of yearning and departure-a romantic concept and one that is so central to Schubert’s music. Schubert’s musical metaphors of distance are in any case fascinating: They seem fairly straight forward when we consider them through the text of his “Lieder”–the Schubertiade on August 25 will allow us to do that as it features songs that articulate ideas of arrival, departure, yearning and distance: Willkommen und Abschied D 767, Im Frühling D 882, Bei DirAllein D 866, Schiffers Scheidelied D 910, Sehnsucht D 516, Abschied D 957.


However, it is even more intriguing how Schubert realises such ideas metaphorically in wordless music  and we will explore this in the Schubertiade within two well-known string quartets (D 804, D 810). The first movement of the A minor Quartet D 804 (Rosamunde Quartet) is a good example for our theme: Schubert...

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