Dear Friends and Members of the Sydney Schubert Society,
I am pleased to invite you to the forthcoming Schubertiade 367 at St Peters Presbyterian Church in North Sydney on Sunday, October 18 commencing at 2.30 pm. The Sydney Schubert Ensemble will welcome back special guests Susan Blake and Sandro Costantino, as well as Grace Kim and Hayasa Tanaka to present with Jeanell Carrigan, piano and myself a performance of Anton Bruckner's magnificent String Quintet in F major and Schubert’s piano trio D 929 (Eflat major).
The connection between Bruckner and Schubert that this Schubertiade highlights has been explored by musicologists and music historians: In particular, the significant point here is that in the final months of his life in 1828, Schubert took a lesson in counterpoint from Simon Sechter, Vienna’s most renowned teacher of composition who also became Anton Bruckner’s teacher later that century. Bruckner in fact took over Sechter’s professorship at the Conservatorium when the latter died in 1867.
There is Sechter’s contact with Schubert in the form of a composition exercise (a fugue) which bears both Schubert’s and Sechter’s handwriting and nine days after Schubert’s death on November 28 1828, Sechter published a fugue “in memoriam of Franz Schubert, who passed away too soon...” Bruckner in turn was most interested in Schubert’s music and evidently owned and studied a number of Schubert’s manuscript. I am looking forward to exploring this fascinating relationship further on October 18.
The Society’s recent AGM saw some changes in our committee membership. Our long-standing treasurer Bob Smith has retired after many years of wonderful service to the society and the committee. In his place the committee welcomes Geza Karacsony as our new treasurer. Marianne Broadfoot, the splendid violinist of the Enigma Quartet and the Sydney Symphony will also join the committee as its vice president.
I hope you can encourage many of your friends to join the Schubert Society and its Schubertiades as the Society is moving into a new phase of its considerable history. I am looking forward to seeing you at St. Peters in North Sydney to explore Schubert and Bruckner on the 18th of October,
With cordial greetings and best wishes
President, Sydney Schubert Society Inc.