Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Schubert: Appropriate, But Out of Bounds

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

“Out of Bounds” is a period-authentic phrase that appears in Byron’s “A Vision of Judgement.” It applies to Schubert in that Schubert wrote many of his most familiar works during the Regency period, but few were published or made known to the general public until after the end of the Regency in 1820.

Also, much of his mature work, like the song cycles Die Winterreise (“The Winter’s Journey”) and Die Schoene Muellerin (“The Miller’s Beautiful Daughter”) were not composed or published, or otherwise exposed to the public, until the early and mid-1820s.

Composition of Die Erlkoenig(“The ErlKing”), D. 328

Lazarus, Oratorio, D. 689
Quartettsatz (Quartet piece) in c minor, D. 703
Fantasy for piano, “Wanderer,” D. 760
Die Zauberharfe, (“The Magic Harp”), Opera, D. 644

Erlkoenig sung in concert on Feb. 8

Symphony No. 8 in b minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”), composition begun

Die schoene Muellerin, song cycle, D. 795
Die Winterreise, D.911, song cycle

Variations on Death and the Maiden

Shakespeare songs: “Hark, Hark, the Lark!” and “Who is Silvia?”

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