In nearly any consideration of the great works that Schubert produced in the year of his death worshipful awe is present. The awe is understandable: it is hard to fathom that pieces like the last three Piano Sonatas, the String Quintet in C and the songs comprising “Schwanengesang,” (Swan Songs) were created in so brief a time and by a composer who most likely knew he was terminally ill.
Having the chance to immerse ourselves in this music over three concerts will be like getting to know a great person you admire. We won’t lose the respect and awe we feel toward Schubert’s musical works, but the feeling will be augmented by how human they are, how directly they speak to us, and how much of us is reflected in the music.
Schumann — one of Schubert’s great fans — wrote, “Schubert has tones for the most delicate shades of feeling, thoughts, even accidents and occurrences of life. That which his eye sees, his hand touches, becomes transformed to music.”
We are all excited to present this music to you. I know it will be special for me, and I hope it will be for you too.
With kind regards,
Incoming Music Director, SummerFest
La Jolla Music Society
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