June 1, 2011

Dear friends and members of the Schubert Society, 


When looking at the 600+ Schubert Lieder, it is intriguing to consider the role that the text and the poet played in inspiring the composer. Much has been made of Schubert’s interest in Goethe and to be sure that relationship has granted us some of the greatest of his “Lieder”. Schubert’s use of texts by friends and acquaintances also seems rather straightforward. However, Schubert’s motivation to consider other texts and poets seems less clear. In some cases, the interest appears restricted to a few years – we find a concentration of songs by Novalis in 1819, for example. This suggests a number of things, perhaps, not least intellectual curiosity which moves on from one writer to the next.


Our next two Schubertiades are dedicated to looking at Schubert’s poets: On July 31 2011 we will features romantic songs of nature and character by Novali...

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