Schubertiade I

Moritz von Schwind (1804–1871). Schubert Evening with Joseph von Spaun, 1868. Art Resource, NY

Schubertiades

Schubertiade I

Crackling with youthful energy and charm, the unison opening thirds of Schubert’s First Sonatina for Violin and Piano usher us into Music@Menlo’s first Schubertiade. An eclectic collection of some of Schubert’s most beloved earliest songs and a rarely performed but brilliantly composed early string trio follow, and the program concludes with the magisterial G Major Piano Sonata performed by Schubert specialist Jeffrey Kahane.

Schubertiades, which originated during Schubert’s life, were social gatherings in private residences that included readings, dancing, dining, and the music of Schubert. They were often hosted by the members of the “Schubert circle,” his close friends and admirers, who simply could not get enough of Schubert’s music and were eager to hear his latest magical creations. Schubert biographer and Music@Menlo Encounter Leader Christopher H. Gibbs has described Schubertiades as “…certainly events, but also, perhaps, a state of mind.” Music@Menlo’s Schubertiades—immersions in the composer’s art—revive the concert tradition that entranced Schubert’s most loyal audiences.

In the social tradition of the original Schubertiades, enjoy an intermission reception with the musicians.

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PROGRAM

FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Sonatina in D Major for Violin and Piano, op. posth. 137, no. 1, D. 384 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Lieb Minna, D. 222 (1815)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Wiegenlied (“Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe”), op. 98, no. 2, D. 498 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Trio in B-flat Major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, D. 581 (1817)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Heidenröslein, op. 3, no. 3, D. 257 (1815)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Piano Sonata in G Major, op. 78, D. 894 (1826)