Franz Schubert: The Lyric Bard of the Piano

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The Romantic Piano marks David Dubal’s return to the weekly programming line-up for first time since 2009. On this first of two programs about Schubert, we feature performances from Claudio Arrau, Dino Lipatti, Radu Lupu and others.

Franz Schubert, the lyric bard of music, was born January 31, 1797. He died at the very early age of 31, on November 19, 1828. In his own words, he came into this world for only one purpose — to compose music. And indeed, that was what he did relentlessly until the last, painful final days of his tragic existence.

Schubert lived his short life exclusively in Vienna. His father Franz Theodore was an unassuming schoolmaster who loved music. His mother, Elizabeth, died in 1812 when Schubert was only nine. Each night there was a gathering of chamber music at their home and this is where Schubert first learned his music. From the moment he understood music’s grammar, a torrent of composition poured forth from his mind.

 

Playlist:

Schubert: Polonaise in B Flat Major / Helen and Karl Ulrich Schnabel

Schubert: Impromptu D. 899 A Flat Major / Sir Clifford Curzon

Schubert: Moments Musicaux No. 3 / Frank Levy

Schubert: Moments Musicaux No. 3 / Claudio Arrau

Schubert: Moments Musicaux No. 5 in F minor / Claudio Arrau

Schubert: Piano Sonata D. 960, IV. Allegro ma non troppo / Annie Fischer

Schubert/Liszt: Auf Dem Wasser Zu Singen / Evgeny Kissin

Schubert: Sonata Finale in A minor D. 784 / Radu Lupu

Schubert: Marche Militaire, D. 733/1 / Evgeny Kissin

Schubert: Impromptu in G Flat D. 899 No.3 / Dino Lipatti