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April 2014

April 1, 2014


Dear Friends and Members of the Sydney Schubert Society,


I am pleased to remind you about our forthcoming Schubertiade on May 4 2014 commencing at 2.30pm at St.   Peters   Presbyterian   Church   in   North   Sydney.   The   program   for   this   Schubertiade   features   the internationally renowned Australian Harp virtuoso Alice Giles who has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading  harp  soloists.  The  Australian-born  musician  first  attracted  international  notice  when  she  won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. Since then she has performed extensively both  in  recital  and  with  orchestras  in  Europe,  America,  Australia,  and Israel.  She  presented  her  first  solo recital  at  the  age  of  13  at  the  Sydney  Conservatorium  of  Music,  was  awarded  the  coveted  Churchill International  Fellowship and an  Australia  Council  Grant to  study  in  the  USA  and  made  her  New  York  debut recital at Merkin Hall in 1983.


Together with the Sydney Schubert Ensemble, Alice Giles will perform the rarely heard Quintet for harp and strings in  c  minor by Ernst  Theodor  Amadeus  Hoffmann.  Hoffmann (1766-1822) was  a  most  influential writer  of  the  19th century  whose  literary  works  inspired  musicians  and  writers  throughout  the century and beyond.  A  person  of  remarkable  intelligence  and comprehensive talent–he was  a  lawyer,  a  musician, important music critic and composer, an artist (draftsman and caricaturist) and a prolific writer-Hoffmann’s novels  had  a  seminal  impact  on  literature  and  music. With an  important  essay  on  Beethovenin  1810,  his importance  for the  reception and interpretation of this  composer continues to  be considerable. His own opera “Undine” achieved success at the time of its conception but composers such as Schumann and Brahms would establish their artistic identity through significant references to his much more popular literary works and  figures who  achieved  cult-status  in  the  19th century. (eg. Schumann’s Kreisleriana).  Expanding  the horizon of  literary imagination to encompass horror, the bizarre, the fantastic and  at times  challenging the boundaries of normality and sanity,  Hoffmann  became  a founding  father  of  Romanticism.  His  writing introduced  challenges  to  conservative standards of politics  and  morality at  the  time  as  they explore  the ambivalence of the human psyche with often dramatic, frightening and catastrophic consequences.


In  addition  to  Hoffmann’s  Quintet  and Sonata  Concertante in  D op  115 for harp  and  violin by  Louis  Spohr, our  Schubertiade  will  also  feature  two  works  by Franz Schubert:  the  delightful,  if  hauntingly  mysterious Sonatina  in  g  minor (D  408) and  the Introduction  and  Variations  D  802.  Although  originally  scored  by Schubert for flute and piano, these will be performed on this occasion by violin and piano.


I am looking forward to welcoming you to the Schubertiade on the May 4 (2.30 pm) at St Peters Presbyterian Churchand  ask  you  to  spread  the  word about  our Schubertiades  and  the  society  to  your  family  membersand friends,


With cordial, Schubertian greetings,


Goetz Richter

President, Sydney Schubert Society Inc.

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