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February 2014

February 1, 2014

Dear Friends and Members of the Sydney Schubert Society,

 

I  am  very  excited  to  be  able  to share  with  you our 2014 program  of  Schubertiades.  This  year,  we  have  tried  to  give special attention to  important  connections within musical and  cultural life  and history both  in Schubert’s-and in  our time.  Further,  we  are  keen  to  improve the  way  we  involve young,  emerging  artists  in  the  performance  of  Schubert’s music. As the Society grows the appreciation and knowledge of  Schubert’s  music we  must remain mindful  that  young musicians  need  to  be  provided  with  opportunities  to  play Schubert’s  music.  To  this  effect,  I  have  decided  this  year  to consolidate  my approach to the Sydney Schubert Ensemble. This    group    of    like-minded    musicians    and    Schubert enthusiasts   will   increasingly   involve   and   feature   young artists  at  the threshold of  their  professional  life.  In  my  role as   an   educator   and   teacher   of   young   musicians,   I will increasingly collaborate    with    young musicians    in the performance  of  Schubert’s  music in  the  hope  that his music and  the  works  of his lesser  known contemporaries come  to life in Sydney in 2014 and beyond while providing all with an opportunity to experience the works and their context in all its vividness.

 

Our program this year will commence with a performance of one  of  Schubert’s  greatest  works: The Octet  in  F  major written  in  1824 will  be  performed  in  the Schubertiade  on March  9  at  St.  Peters Presbyterian  Church by  the Sydney Schubert Ensemble. It will be accompanied bu the Septet in E flat written   by   the   Schubert contemporary Conradin Kreutzer.  Kreutzer  was  born  in the  small  Suebian  town  of Messkirchin  1780 (incidentally also the  birthplace  of  the 20th century  philosopher  Martin  Heideggersome  109  years later). For    some    time    he was Kapellmeister    at    the Kärtnertor theater  in  Vienna where  he  recommended some of  Schubert’s  Operas repeatedly  for  performance–alas to no  avail.  Kreutzer  was  clearly  acquainted  with  Schubert’s music  and  cognisant  of  his  genius.  A  fine,  early  romantic composer  influenced  by Carl  Maria  von Weber,  Kreutzer worked as music director, pianist and composer and died in Riga in 1849.

 

Our Schubertiade  on  May  6 will  feature  the  internationally renowned harpist Alice  Giles in a  performance  of  the Harp Quintet  in  c  minor by  the  composer  and  writer E.  T.  A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann was a most prolific writer with a richly romantic  and often dark  imagination.  His  novels  acquired immense popularity in the early part of the 19th century and strongly influenced such musicians as Brahms and Schumann (Kreisleriana!).

 

His theoretical writings on music and Beethoven in particular are   still considered important documents  of  19th century musical  aesthetics. It  is  less  well known that  Hoffmann  was  also  an accomplished composer and perhaps   in   his   own   mind   primarily   so.   A   lawyer   by profession, he is  now  regarded  as  a  founding creative  and intellectual  leader  of  Romanticism.  It will  be  a  particular  joy to present his harp quintet together with music by Schubert and  Spohr  in a program which  also includes the Sydney Schubert   Ensemble and   pianist Jeanell   Carrigan.  

 

The Schubertiade on August 10 features the guitar, an instrument  that  was  dear  to  Schubert  and  very  popular in Schubert’s  time. The  great Italian guitarist  Mauro  Giuliani resided in Vienna from1806 to 1819 and contributed to the instrument’s   growing   popularity. Our Schubertiade will feature the  young Australian  guitarist  Bradley  Kunda who will  perform  works  by  Schubert  and  arrangements  of  the time   and   beyond   of   Schubert’s  music with his partner Rebecca McCallion and musicians from the Sydney Schubert Ensemble.

 

On October  20 we  will host the Enigma  Quartet,  a stylish string    quartet of    young    musicians    from    the    Sydney Symphony  and  beyond who  will  perform Beethoven  and Schubert–I am hoping to give a  substantial introduction to this  event  to  explore the  always intriguing  and  perhaps enigmatic   connection   between   Schubert   and   Beethoven further. We conclude the year with flair and celebration in a program for four  hands belonging  to  the  superb  pianists Daniel  Herscovitch and Clemens  Leske.  Schubert  wrote  somuch  beautiful  music  for this  combination that  the  choice what  to  play  proves  ever  difficult....  the  artists  are  finding  it hard  to  make  up  their  mind at  this  point  and  patience  with their  enthusiasm  is  yet  required.  I  will  update  our  website (www.sydneyschubertsociety.com) regularly     about     the Schubertiades  for  this  year  and  we  should  have further decisions there shortly.

 

Finally,  it is heartening to  report  to  you  that  last  year’s program  generated  a  good response  and  stable  financial result for our  society.  This  means  that  our  society  is  in  an optimistic position  to  continue its  work on  behalf  of the composer and his work. Such encouragement not withstanding,  we  need to  grow  our  membership  base and I urge you and your friends to join or re-join the society and spread the word about our Schubertiades. We welcome involvement and active     participation, dialogue and discussion,  engagement  and  enthusiasm for the  benefit of the music of the great Franz Schubert!

 

I  look  forward  to  seeing  you on March  9  (2.30  pm) at  St.

 

Peters Presbyterian Church,

 

With warm regards and best wishesfor 2014,

 

Goetz Richter

President, Sydney Schubert Society Inc.

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