July 1, 2014

Dear Friends and Members of the Sydney Schubert Society,


Our next Schubertiade 361on August 10 2014 (commencing at 2.30pm at St. Peters Presbyterian Church in North  Sydney)  is  dedicated to the  complex question of Schubert and  the  guitar. Given some evidence  that Schubert may have owned perhaps  one-or  even  two  guitars, some intriguing questions emerge: Did Schubert play the guitar or even use it to compose? Did he envisage versions for some of his Lieder or piano works involving guitar as some  of  the traditional and flexible musical practice of  his  time suggests? Anton Stadler,  Schubert’s classmate  at  the  seminary,  confirms  that  Schubert  composed using  neither  guitar  nor piano. However, a historical guitar made by Johann Georg Stauffer contains a note from 1870 by one Anton Schmid  as  follows: “This guitar was  given  to  me  in  1858  by  my  music  teacher  Ferdinand  Schubert,  being inherited from his brother Franz, Vienna, June 1870.” Why would Schubert o...

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